Through The Rolling Buller Gorge

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Kiwi Holiday Park

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Saturday, May 28, 2011

Staying at Beaconstone was a privilege. Not only is this place an absolute retreat but we had it all to ourselves.  We still managed to create stress however, I could not work out the Arga style toaster and smoked out the whole building. We left around 10am very pleased about not having to pack away a wet tent.

Cycling back along the track to the main road really highlighted why the owners had spent so much time and love setting up this place.  It was beautiful and the perfect start to our 9th consecutive day on the bikes.

The first 10 miles to Westport were easy.  Infact, we didn't head into Westport, instead taking the inland road to Murchison.  At this point it became tougher with a head wind and hills.  However, without food we knew we had to get to the junction to eat.  At the junction there is apparently a shop, the junction is only 30 miles away.

The 30 miles through The Buller Gorge were lovely.  It was a pretty fierce river running through but the road was quiet and relatively flat allowing us time to talk.  Our conversation became more and more food orientated as the miles past and with stomachs rumbling we hot the junction.  A couple of stranded hitchhikers assured us that there was a dairy around the corner.  A mile on and we were worried ut then we saw the village stores.  And what village stores they were.  Jacky welcomed us with open arms and quickly cooked up a ham and camembert sandwich…with chips god damn’it.

The afternoon was much harder.  33 miles left until Murchison and the hills kept coming.  It rained and in the shadows of the hills cycling was cold.  We had a good couple of chocolate stops, the first involved filming The Haka for a birthday message and the second was all about swiping sand flies.

Arriving in Murchison was most pleasing, our legs were done, but the evening sun on the hillsides distracted us nicely.  Unfortunately the lack of cash machines continues and we are scraping our way through on plastic.  No matter, the supermarket provided all we needed for a great carbonara and the evening was spent Skyping those back home with birthdays.  Happy Birthday to George and of course my wonderful sisters.  30 today (x2 =60) Happy 60th Ray and Lau

Miles Cycled: 66 and that is a very long way in New Zealand
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Ray and Lau on

Thank you Polly and Mike for our Birthday Video! loved the cheeeezzzzie photos at the end :) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

triciagick on

Well done you two once again. This will be brief as we have jsut got in from a VERY windy and COLD (quite rare these days) sail to Cowes. Still very musch going up and down as I type. We had a new crew member - another David - fortunately a really seasoned hard weather Fastnet man - he coped with tht 'Baptism by Fire' journey very well and is coming back for more tomorrow. Have record the qualifying for the Monaco GP and it's calling me - so off I go. Much love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Elizabeth on

Hey P&M, Well we have been missing you muchly over the bank holiday weekend here - I know George filled you in on his Birthday bbq shennanigans! (sp?!) and we had a great night on Saturday with Charlotte cooking gorgeous Souvlaki for us plus Andy R and Becca here at No 26 and with Jamie and Eddie joining us the boys watched the football (G coming through for more food and missing his teams ONLY goal! ha!) whilst we nattered in the conservatory.
Well I had best be off and see how Jojo and Christoph did on their 'oliday in France (am sure you will hear all about it shortly!) but all our love
E,G &O
ps - Olaf is SO SO SO nearly walking! xxx

Lindy on

Looking forward to an update - it may be that my computer is a tad slow in catching up - a bit like its owner!! Have you made a decision re Vancouver or LA - amazing to think that that is the last leg.
At last we have some sun in the north - everyone else wanting rain for crops etc and all we had in May was rain and gales - autumn in NZ looked preferable. Keep the blogs coming - I am addicted
Take care Love Lindy

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