It's smells woody to me...

Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 08, 2005

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Friday, December 3, 2004

Yesterday was the big bike tour around Napier. We all jumped on our 21 speed bikes, put on our helmets, and made sure our orange flags were securely in place before we peddled off for our first winery. Mike and Molly were quite giddy about the whole experience but I was extremely hung over and trying to make the best of being on a bicycle. (Making a long story short...the day before we all decided to buy bottles of wine and lay on the beach. I drank the entire bottle and passed out by 7pm. Molly and Mike certainly got a kick out of that.)

I played it cool out at a picnic table at the first winery while Mike and Molly drank their first 8 glasses of wine. And it was 11am, mind you. They met a Canadian couple around our age whom we spent the rest of the day with. They were riding a tandem bike which I think made Mike and Molly quite jealous, but after Mike's dramatic fall within the first 15 minutes of the trip I think Molly was happy to be on her own bike.

I joined the group inside at the next winery where they purchased an economical bottle of dessert wine and, again, had about 10 tastes of wine. Molly convinced the woman to photocopy the smell and color wheel which really made her day. It was a favorite game of hers and Mike to try and look like uppity wine connaseiurs as they smelled their wine and said things like, "It's got a rather wood smell," or "I would guess blackcurrent with a bit of lime."

Jordy, the other Canadian, was a trouper and asked all the "make it seem like you care" questions at each winery despite his increasing drunkeness. There were the standard, "how long has your winery been around," and "are your grapes all grown on this orchard or are there others" questions, but it was his more in depth questions later in the day that really scored him the big points. Like, "The irrigation in the old river that better in growing Merlot grapes?" and "You say your just finishing winery school...does that mean you've not only made the wine but have also pruned the vines in the field?" We got a tour of the vineyard because of him. Good job.

By the third winery I was up to the challenge of drinking wine again. Luckily I picked one of the better wineries to begin tasting. The bike company had made us fantastic lunches, neatly arranged in individual tupperwear containers. We made our way to a little garden outside a winery and happily ate our lunches and drank our purchased bottles of wine. Then it was off to yet another winery.

By the end of the day, around 4:30, we were peddling through a kiwi orchard. We may have been drunk but we all knew that wine was not made with kiwis and that we were horribly lost. Mike kept leading us further and further through the orchards but it was Jordy and Britney that spotted a house and asked for directions. In their 2 years of living in the house they had never had a bike tour get lost in their orchard. We felt accomplished to say the least.

We finally made it back to the main road and despite the hurricane like winds were able to make it back to the base by 6pm. It was a ridiculously long day but everyone was happy. It really was a fantastic day.

Tomorrow we are going to drive to Taupo so Mike can do the 4 day walk of the Tongoraro Northern Circuit. Molly and I are looking forward to our four day vacation where we can do girlie things like see Bridget Jones Diaries and maybe even stay in a hostle. Plus there is a Christmas Parade on Saturday that we think will be fun to go watch.

P.S. Once we hit Wellington there will be an outpouring of pictures that will be posted. PROMISE.
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