I have a desk that looks like a desk rather than a disaster area so thats good.
I've deleted most of the 100+ emails that were waiting for me. Also good.
I have my IT On-call Support mug handy, tea bags, and milk in the fridge so in short all is right with the world. :)
And I've changed the journal theme from "Travel" (since I'm not anymore) to a reddish one that I think is easier to read.
Besides, red ones go faster. :)
Oh, I've also added a link to Adventure South to the sidebar. I thoroughly recommend them as a company to go cycle touring with, and I suspect that they'd be just as good at the other types of tours that they do. I certainly intend to take more tours with Adventure South, and having the link there will be convenient when I do.
So, we now have the following additions:
Day 20 - Invercargill to Curio Bay. Fun for ornithologists and a chance to mock my ignorance. :)
Day 21 - Curio Bay to Balclutha
Day 21 (part 2) - The Road Kill Cafe. Potentially disturbing image for some here. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
Day 22 - Otago Peninsula. Riding through the clouds. Literally.
Also a package arrived with my long coat in it (that I left on a bus in Queenstown). Yay!
Catching up with some friends later tonight, and back to work tomorrow.
One of the messages on my mobile was from my manager asking me to take Monday off because I won't have a desk again until Tuesday. Plans were afoot to move the project back to the main building before I left, obviously there's been a minor delay.
This has been one of the best holidays I've ever had; I am so doing this again as soon as I can manage it!
Commentary on the day 18 & 19 photos can be found at Day 18 - Manapouri to Otautau and Day 19 - Otautau to Invercargill
Hopefully I'll process some more of the photos later today but I might have to do some domestic stuff like acquiring food 1st. And that may require reassembling the trike so I can get to the shops, etc...
Today I'm just feeling like an old man but at least I'm not vomiting which is a big improvement. Still not looking forward to two flights today in this condition.
And thats all I'm going to say about that.
On to more amusing subjects I've loaded the photos for Days 16 - 19 to the galleries but I've only done the commentary for:
Day 16 - Queenstown to Te Anau and
Day 17 - Te Anau to Manapouri and Doubtful Sound
I did go to the Art Gallery and wandered around the arts precinct this morning but the weather is generally cold and wet so I came back to the hotel after lunch
So, without further ado, the following photos are now up:
Day 12 - Wanaka to Queenstown
Day 13 - Queenstown and the TSS Earnslaw
Day 14 - Queenstown, Shotover Jet, and Lugeing
It appears that I didn't take any photos the next day, so the next batch of photos will be for Day 16.
Yesterday we farewelled Rick and Pam who were entering airline hell in Dunedin. Sometime in the subsequent 24 hours they should be back home in Seattle.
Then we drove to Christchurch along the main highway which would have been fairly unpleasant touring given the traffic. We dropped Johan off with the friends he was going to stay with for a bit and me at the hotel.
I left the trike at the Adventure South depot because I couldn't face cleaning it yesterday. Instead I spent the afternoon just... wandering around Christchurch on foot.
This morning I walked over to the depot to strip, clean, and bag the trike. I'm expecting Australian customs to be at least as feral as NZ customs when it comes to bikes (and rightly so!!!!), so cleaning it now was necessary.
Then I came back to the hotel and tested out the wireless capabilities of the laptop for the very first time. Since these posts are getting to the journal (Days 20 - 22 are now up) I guess its working. I may get some photos posted over the next couple of days.
Now that the trike is bagged and in storage at the hotel I can relax and maybe do some normal touristy stuff in Christchurch, I'll see how things turn out.
I definitely want to come back and tour again with Adventure South. Anyone interested in a ride next year? Say, February/March?
This day trip from Dunedin is an absolute must, especially if you get the weather we got today.
And now (drum roll please) the final stats for the tour:
|Total Distance||1325.1 Km||Distance Today||53.82 Km|
|Total Ride Time||78:17||Ride Time Today||3:19:40|
|Average Speed||17.20 KPH||Delta||-0.01KPH|
|Tour Maximum Speed||70.1 KPH||Maximum Speed Today||51.8 KPH|
All in all, very pleased with the tour and my efforts. My first ever 10,000Ks on a bike is in sight & I'm sure I'll be coming back to NZ again.
I didn't have internet access for a while so thats why the Day 17, 18, & 19 posts appeared all of a sudden.
I've also been able to look at the Day 5 photos so follow the link if you're interested.
Oooh, the hotel tonight has a spa bath and my muscles are sooooo grateful! :)
Off to dinner soon, Day 6 photos may or may not make an appearance later tonight. I make no promises.
UPDATE: The Day 6 Photos are also up!
New Zealand does have flat bits. I think I rode over most of them today in beautiful conditions.
I was also focussing on the milestones today - 1000 for the tour, 9000 on the Odometer. Mildly miffed about missing out on a century but you can't have it all I guess. :)