Shaken by Christchurch Ruins
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
North South Holiday Park
It was 1pm when we finally opened up the tent. My maths make that 17 hours in the tent, and we are still not sure whether or not we are back on normal time. One thing we did know is that we were not leaving Christchurch on the bikes in the state that they are in, so off we went after bacon and eggs to find a bike shop.
The bacon and eggs were beautiful. Campsite cooking in the great outdoors cannot be outdone in my book. However, the hunt for a bike service looked less promising
We had only come across this place by a randomly chosen route into town and it was indeed the first place we rocked up at. But Rick was on the case. He grunted at how badly the bikes had been treated but then set about trying to locate the parts needed to make them roadworthy again. A few phone calls later, the courier was on the way to deliver the required cogs and shifters, and Rick agreed a pick up time of TOMORROW. Brilliant, we can start cycling on Sunday.
Ecstatic about sorting out the bikes without any fuss, we set out for town to take in Central Christchurch. We were in for a shock. We noticed churches with windows and walls missing. Then we noticed houses and bigger office block buildings broken in half. The route into town was fenced off and patrolled by police. It did not take long to work out that the centre of Christchurch is still completely off limits. 2 months after the quake, the city felt like a ghost town. We could see down longer stretches of road, piles of rubble where buildings once stood proud. Having spent the flight into New Zealand planning our sightseeing around Christchurch, we now found ourselves overwhelmed by the devastation which is many months/years? from being patched up
Some planning of our route and a bus ride out of town, we returned to our tent to find it wide open. Nothing had gone which suggests that in our ‘cottonwool head’ state, we must have left this morning without zipping up the tent. Another good campfire meal we relaxed to the campsite TV room. We are still not really with it!
Miles cycled: 4 and finally time for a complete service thanks to Rick at Papanui Cycles