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Way out West…

Way out West…

on 31 Dec 2014 in travel, universe | 0 comments

…and it’s raining hard. During the night a thunderstorm has drawn up and it’s pouring down. I have breakfast in the tent around 9.00 and pack my things, finally getting on the road at 11.00 when the rain lets up. About 5 minutes after I’m on the road it stops completely and my way to Haast is fairly easy along the river. The rain has created...

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Going West!

Going West!

on 30 Dec 2014 in travel, universe | 0 comments

From Albert Town I backtrack 2km to Wanaka to stock up on food and, more importantly, gas for my cooker. In front of the supermarket I meet a fellow cyclist, Walter from Canada. We talk a bit, then part ways. I still need to find gas and decent bread. The road along Lake Hawea is very hilly and once again strong headwinds plague me. At a lookout I meet Walter again,...

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Lindis Valley to Albert Town

Lindis Valley to Albert Town

on 29 Dec 2014 in travel, universe | 0 comments

Starting with the first cars around 6.30 I am on the road by 7.00. On the way to Tarras I see another cyclist on a pathe opposite if SH8. Not much traffic though, and going downhill is certainly faster on tarmac. I take a break in Tarras, but flies are annoying enough to keep it short. The town doesn’t offer much more than a gas station, café and the...

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Lake Pukaki to Lindis Valley

Lake Pukaki to Lindis Valley

on 28 Dec 2014 in travel, universe | 0 comments

I wake up to loud barking, get up to see what’s going on and find it’s just a duck with her kids in the lake below. Lake Pukaki is completely flat, no wind and clear blue sky. I can see Mt. Cook directly from my tent. Is he mocking me? Today, I will have to decide whether I’m actually going over to the West Coast or if I follow Hilary’s...

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Up to Mt.Cook

Up to Mt.Cook

on 27 Dec 2014 in travel, universe | 0 comments

Yesterday’s beautiful view on Aoraki is clouded today. The weather report says 11mm of rain in the evening but that doesn’t sway me. Looking at the Alps to Ocean (A2O) cycle trail website I find that the trail is complete. My guide still said it was ‘in progress’. So around 11 o’clock I backtrack about 30 minutes up the eastern...

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