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    Archive for May, 2008

    Day 783 – Opito -> Tapu (wild camp)

    Saturday, May 31st, 2008

    Opito -> Tapu (wild camp)

    Distance (km) : 76
    Time on bike : 5h 10
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 17.00
    Avg : 14.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 81.0! (second fastest ever!)
    Total (km) : 31.518

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    Day 782 – Rest day in Opito Bay

    Friday, May 30th, 2008

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    Day 781 – Tairua -> Opito (private back yard camp)

    Thursday, May 29th, 2008

    Tairua -> Opito (private back yard camp)

    Distance (km) : 79
    Time on bike : 4h 57
    Brutto time: 08.50 – 17.15
    Avg : 15.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 61.5
    Total (km) : 31.442

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    Day 780 – Waihi -> Tairua (wild camp)

    Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

    Waihi -> Tairua (wild camp)

    Distance (km) : 72
    Time on bike : 4h 0m
    Brutto time: 10.55 – 17.00
    Avg : 18.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 58.2
    Total (km) : 31.363

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    Day 779 – Mt. Maunganui -> Waihi (private)

    Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

    Mt. Maunganui -> Waihi (private)

    Distance (km) : 71
    Time on bike : 3h 49m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 14.15
    Avg : 18.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 56.6
    Total (km) : 31.291

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    Day 778 – Ohope -> Mt. Maunganui (hostel)

    Monday, May 26th, 2008

    Ohope -> Mt. Maunganui (hostel)

    Distance (km) : 102
    Time on bike : 4h 10m
    Brutto time: 10.05 – 15.15
    Avg : 24.0! km/h
    Max.speed: 64.3
    Total (km) : 31.220

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    Day 777 – Rest in Ohope

    Sunday, May 25th, 2008

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    Day 776 – East Cape in the Corolla

    Saturday, May 24th, 2008

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    Day 775 – On the Wings of Hospitality

    Friday, May 23rd, 2008

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    Day 774 – Rotorua -> Ohope, Whakatane (private)

    Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

    Rotorua -> Ohope, Whakatane (private)
    Distance (km) : 103
    Time on bike : 5h 27m
    Brutto time: 10.30 – 17.00
    Avg : 18.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 66.5
    Total (km) : 31.118

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    Day 773 – Rotorua sights

    Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

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    Day 772 – The Zombie Day

    Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

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    Day 771 – Taupo -> Rotorua (hostel)

    Monday, May 19th, 2008

    Taupo -> Rotorua (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 87
    Time on bike : 4h 33m
    Brutto time: 09.10 – 17.15
    Avg : 19.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 48.5
    Total (km) : 30.964

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    Diary Updates

    Sunday, May 18th, 2008

    I’m in Taupo smack in the centre of NZ’s North Island. Having a rest day after an action packed day yesterday among bubling mud pools, steaming vents, water falls etc. It’s all a bit weird out there in Volcano Territory.

    From the Tongariro Crossing...

    A few diary updates (in English) are ready here…

    Day 754

    Day 755

    Day 758

    Emerald Lake, Tongariro National Park. Stunning!

    More photos will appear soonish…I think…

    Nicolai

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    Day 770 – Taupo rest day

    Sunday, May 18th, 2008

    I just did my bungy jump today and I’m doing my skydive tomorrow, sagde en britisk ungpige i telefonen på hostellet her i Taupo. Som i Queenstown på Sydøen er de adrenalin-fremkaldende udendørsaktiviteter dét, som alle snakker om, og det lader til, at stort set alle de yngre rejsende her er besatte af disse slagne backpacker-manddomsprøver. Jeg klarer mig fortsat meget fint uden – pengepungen ligeledes – og bruger i stedet det meste af søndagen på dagbogsskrivning, internetcafé, æbler og avislæsning på hostellet.

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    Day 769 – Taupo rest day

    Saturday, May 17th, 2008

    Photos to come

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    Day 768 – National Park -> Taupo (hostel)

    Friday, May 16th, 2008

    National Park -> Taupo (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 104
    Time on bike : 5h 13m
    Brutto time: 10.45 – 16.45
    Avg : 20.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 64.0
    Total (km) : 30.842

    No Uk text for now

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    Day 766 – National Park Village

    Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

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    Day 765 – Wanganui -> National Park (private house)

    Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

    Wanganui -> National Park (private house)
    Distance (km) : 127
    Time on bike : 7h 50m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 18.00
    Avg : 16.2 km/h
    Max.speed: 56.7
    Total (km) : 30.735

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    Day 764 – Palmerston North -> Wanganui (private acc.)

    Monday, May 12th, 2008

    Palmerston North -> Wanganui (private acc.)
    Distance (km) : 76
    Time on bike : 3h 44m
    Brutto time: 12.00 – 16.45
    Avg : 20.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 48.9
    Total (km) : 30.608

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    Day 761 – Wellington -> Palmerston North (private acc.)

    Friday, May 9th, 2008

    Wellington -> Palmerston North (private acc.)
    Distance (km) : 99
    Time on bike : 5h 29m
    Brutto time: 09.15 – 18.45
    Avg : 18.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 59.4
    Total (km) : 30.531

    I had a feeling this morning that it was all going down hill. Now as a, say, drug addict this isn’t a particularly good thing, but for the cyclist…it’s a true Wonderland.

    Tune of the Day: Hitler in My Heart – Antony & The Johnsons

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    Day 760 – More Wadestown…

    Thursday, May 8th, 2008

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    New diary photos Day 722-732…

    Thursday, May 8th, 2008

    From Day 722 you can go to Day 723 etc…It’s not complicated.

    I hope you enjoy!

    Gotta go, more updates to do…

    Nicolai

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    Day 759 – Wadestown, Wellington (NZ)

    Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

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    Day 758 – An old friend, revisited…

    Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

    In Hanoi February 2007 I met Bill one evening at the infamous bia hoi corner in the Old Quarter of the Vietnamese capital.

    We had a great evening sitting there on the tiny plastic chairs watching the world go by, overly satisfied with – what’s gotta be the cheapest beer in the world – the bia hoi draft at 15 US cents each.

    Bill has invited me to crash for a while in Wadestown, a hilly Wellington suburb, where he shares a house with his girlfriend Cindy and 3 others. It’s a fantastic invitation and for the next 3 days I relax, recharge, play with Ellie, the cutest cat, eat great food, go for walks with and without Bill – in short, I’m enjoying a few days of the sort of more ordinary life that other people live.

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    New Diary video from New Zealand (DK Only)

    Monday, May 5th, 2008

    Sorry, to all ye’ non-Danish speaking WT-readers out there. It’s sometimes frustrating for me, living in this bilingual WT World.

    Can’t please anyone. Know you’ll understand.

    I primarily babble about a meeting I had with a kind wedding couple from Auckland, down in Makarora on the South Island a few weeks ago. I gave the couple the usual WT run down, and after the farewell photo and hug, Harry hands me 80 NZ$…Have a cup of coffee, mate!

    For a budget travelling rat that’s a lot of coffee, I tell you.

    I was utterly amazing and couldn’t really believe the strike of luck & kindness that had just hit me…

    Take it from me – it’s a beautiful world out there. Not nearly as scary as the media makes us believe. Believe in me. :-)

    Nicolai

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    Day 757 – Still chilling in Wellington

    Monday, May 5th, 2008

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    Day 756 – Rest in Wellington…

    Sunday, May 4th, 2008

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    Where are you at, WT rat?

    Sunday, May 4th, 2008


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    Log updated 03MAY08 (Wellington, NZ)

    Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

    Check it here!

    It might explain why I feel really exhausted and tired to my bones these days, despite a few great days off in Nelson…

    Just arrived here in Wellington this afternoon. The 3.5 hour ferry ride started off as smooth as silk through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds but soon turned into a nightmare. I puked, and puked, and puked. 5 puke bags later the ferry finally arrived in Wellington. Cold and windy as predicted. 12C. Am not too fond of these pre-teenage temperatures. Have checked into a hostel for the night…

    Will be back soon…

    Nicolai

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    Day 755 – A Hellish Ride & A Foetal Position

    Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

    Uh, we’ve had the first frost this morning, the lady in the reception tells me this morning. It didn’t exactly diminish the joy of having just spent the night in a soft, comfortable bed in an otherwise empty 6-bed dorm room. Suddenly those 24 NZ$ for the night seemed like a jolly good deal.

    The ferry ride from Picton to the capital Wellington is labelled one of the most beautiful boat rides in the world in the tourist litterature. Yeah, my ass.

    As soon as the ferry leaves the pretty sounds with calm waters, a few dolphins fooling around below, and numerous seagulls above, the Hell Ride begins. The sea is rough, maybe not extraordinarily so, but I ain’t no sailor and to me the sea was rough as Hell. I spent most of the 3 hours the ride was going to take with my nose deep in the puke bag, with my intestines constantly asking me for just one more tango, and with a couple of retired people trying to be helpfull next to me:

    Go and git some frish air – you’ll fiil so much bitter, love. I just wanted them to shut up, leave me alone and speak their funny Kiwi accent (most ’e’s turned into ’i’s) to someone else.

    Needless to say, it wasn’t the happiest of times for me.

    From my foetal position on the carpeted floor in the back of the ferry I tried to get some sleep and a bit of rest from all the so-called friendly people trying to make sure that everything’s OK with me. The ultra short conversations went something like this:

    Elderly: Are you alright, darling?
    Me: No.
    Elderly: Are you sure you’re alright there, love?
    Me: NO, I’m NOT alright…

    5 minutes later…

    Elderly: Are you feeling better, love?
    Me: No, I’m NOT feeling better, OK?

    Between bowel shakes and filled puke bags I had a moment of clarity and started wondering if that idea of mine trying to get on board a sailing vessel as a deck hand from Auckland across the Pacific to South America is such a bright one…

    Feeling more like a zombie that a RTW cyclist I cruise into the NZ capital (of approx. 330.000 inhabitants) feeling crooked and sick. I check into a backpacker’s place in the centre of Wellington. It’s Saturday night but I quickly skip any plans involving alcohol and loud teenagers.

    What a ride!

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    Day 754 – So much for my renegade camping plans…

    Friday, May 2nd, 2008

    Nelson -> Picton (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 114
    Time on bike : 6h 20m
    Brutto time: 11.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 18.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 69.8
    Total (km) : 30.419

    Today’s 114 km from Nelson to Picton turn out to be a lot easier than expected, though the terrain is quite hilly in some parts. It must have been the rest and all the great food in Nelson (thanks again to Raywin & Co.).

    15 km before Picton – from where the ferry leaves across the Cook Strait for Wellington on the North Island – I suddenly realize that it’s about time to say goodbye to the South Island and hello to what, geographically at least, seems like a totally different country. Culturally, some Mainlanders (people from the South Island, i.e) even claim that the Islanders on the North Island are a totally different breed.

    I’ll leave that one open for now…

    In the afternoon I turn off the State highway #6 that I’ve been following pretty much since I left Invercargill on the southern tip of the island weeks ago. It’s now the Queen Charlotte Sound Road, a very pretty and hilly stretch of bitumen that twists and turns, hugging the coast for the last 35 km towards Picton. Magnificent cycling.

    Hunger pangs hit me when I reach Picton just after sunset. It’s already dark. I cook a simple meal and a jug of coffee on the stove. That’s when the heavy rain started. So much for my wild/renegade camping plans, huh?

    Luckily this country is full of relatively cheap backpacker places – and Picton is no exception. Apart from a family from Malaysia I have the whole house to myself.

    As you’d understand, I really enjoyed that seldom moment of indoor privacy…

    The South Island is a very beautiful place. No doubt about it and I’ve had some fantastic 40 days here, even though at times it has felt like not only my tent but also my mind’s been covered in a thin layer of ice, as if the island hasn’t fully reached the bottom of me. Camping in freezing temperatures isn’t quite as fun as it could’ve been. Stop me if I’m whining. New Zealand is truly amazing. Period.

    (Photos to come…)

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    More photos added to the newsletter…

    Friday, May 2nd, 2008

    Here you go!!

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    Day 753 – Getting familiar with the soaps…

    Thursday, May 1st, 2008

    One of the luxuries that often hits me on this journey is the choice: stay or go. Quite often both options make great sense – which naturally leaves me all confused and hesitant. This morning was no different. Stay one more day or hit the road? My body tried to convince to stay another day (it’s the same old song here) but I wasn’t quite sure what my hosts thought about that. Need not worry, Nicolai – it was all green lights!

    The last 5 weeks of cycling has taken it’s toll on me. I really feel like crashing somewhere, somewhere to do nothing, and not just for a limited time only. Well, things change quickly and these relaxing days in Nelson – in the campervan and with the Williamson’s have been great on various levels.

    In the centre of Nelson is Pukimai Hill on which stands the Church of Christ, Nelson’s cathedral and pride. This Thursday the church is empty like its Danish equivalents. Pretty stained glass windows depicting religious moments I know next to nothing about. Happily so, I’m afraid.

    At the main library I spent a few hours doing research about the next Chapter of the WT Book, The South Pacific. Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, French Polynesia, and The Cook Islands are all tempting options. The contour of a tropical palm tree starts lurking temptingly in the back of my mind again…

    In the evening it’s business as usual with the Williamson’s: great and plentiful dinner, the soaps Home & Away (AUS) and Coronation Street (UK) on TV, and I’m even starting to get kind of familiar with some of the characters in the series. Shocking, isn’t it?

    I feel recharged, looking forward to moving on tomorrow. Nelson’s been good to me.

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    Newsletter #9 from Nelson, New Zealand…

    Thursday, May 1st, 2008

    Read the latest newsletter here!

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