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Trip Start Jan 29, 2010
Trip End Feb 23, 2010

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

We left Wanneka in the rain and fog - over the top of the mt range past chair lifts at ski hills disappearing into the fog.  We stopped in Arrowtown, a historic goldmining village for coffee and to get out of the rain.  As this was our first rain of the trip - we couldn't get too upset.  The rain stopped, skies cleared and the temperature dropped... like a rock.  We were very happy NOT to be in a tent.  We spend the next 2 days in camping cabins in Queenstown, they were complete with warm blankets and heaters.  Queenstown is the Wisconsin Dells of NZ.  Internet rates were 5 times higher than anywhere else in the country that has WIFI available.  That is why the no post for a couple of days.  The scenery is amazing  - also home to every tourist attraction you could think of.  We rode to the top of the highest peak overlooking the lake on a gondola, then rode a steam powered boat the length of the lake and back.  It was like a large African Queen!

The area just outside of town was the film location for Lord of the Rings - tourist capitalization of this fact is very very prevalent.  I took pictures of the mountains from a distance - chose not to pay $200 to actually stand on the site of the filming.,

Today we said good bye to the BSA group and started back toward Christchurch. Drove along the Lindis Pass and to Mt Cook.  The sky is blue, the water is brilliant aqua and it is warm!  This is the first riding I have done without 3 layers under my Belstaff. 
(remember it is summer here, we have gone so far South that we are in a Northern Climate). Tonight we are staying in Lake Tekapo with Paul from NZ. Paul is riding a 1971 Triumph Bonneville that is like the one David had when I et him.  Paul is in the process of setting up a Touring  Rental Company " Triumphant Hire".  I was Lady Photo today and filmed video of him riding through the mountains from the sidecar.  Then I drove him in the sidecar and David drove the Bonneville along the lake with Mt Cook in the background!  Amazing.   
 This is the other side of the accommodation market.  We loved the camping cabins - wish there were some like it in the states - We LOVE the condo with 2 bedrooms, washer/dryer, full kitchen, fireplace & HD TV.  Chef Paul cooked dinner - pictures attached.  Tomorrow is an easy drive to Christchurch, return the bike, pack the suitcases and prepare for the long flight back North.  The time has gone very quickly - hard to believe I will be back at work in a few days.  It seems like we just arrived.


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Laurel V on

Wow...a trip of a lifetime. I can hardly wait to hear about lunch will just not be enough! How's the food David? Should have brought Laurel V's with you! Take care and have fun.

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