A Dip In The Southern Hemisphere Seas

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

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, June 13, 2011

We were blessed enough today to wake up on the beach and end the day at the beach. With all that sun (?) and surf involved it only seemed reasonable to take my first swim in The Southern Hemisphere.  I tried to talk Polly into it but with a Thermal Spa heated pool back at the campsite she resisted.

We are up and about early at the moment and I had already dropped the hire car back and ran back to the campsite (the 2 mile jog hurt) before 8am.  We spent a leisurely couple of hours at the Mount campsite before cycling out through Tauranga City.

It was a pretty easy day of cycling.  The sun was more than welcome, it really struck home how different it is to cycle in good weather.  The road was pretty busy and we were pleased to turn off Highway #2 onto the road to Waihi Beach.

From that point the music went on and we enjoyed the last 10 miles along the beach.  With the tent up we first took a swim in the sea, then we fed the eels and finally we took a soak in the hot tub.  All in all a pretty good way to end a day in the bike.

The campsite is one of the best we have been to.  A lovely older couple have joined us in the TV room concerned about their family in Christchurch, the city has again suffered earthquake aftershocks today.

The volcanic ash from Chile is disrupting flights from New Zealand so we will keep our fingers crossed as we edge closer to Auckland.  I am just looking forward to going up in a plane and watching a film rather than jumping out the door.

Miles Cycled:  42 sunny miles
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Lindy on

Well done with the jump - also well done Polly! Hope all goes well re volcanic ash etc. For once I seem to be up to date - makes a change!!!!
Love L

Lindy on

Your last day in NZ - it has been great seeing all your pics of NZ and now looking forward to the trans USA trip - can't believe it is the last leg. Have a good trip to LA and enjoy some sun - looks as if our couple of days of sun are over - now wet and autumnal again!!
Take care Love Lindy

triciagick on

Just been watching Dads on breakfast televison, talking about use of the weather forecast! Still got no internet on my computer but Dads and Geoff's ok - Geoff Jackson has now taken over the West Wing of Windward - couldn't have suited us better! Am worried that ash is going to spoil your plans, but let's hope that's not the case. Hope still to speak before you leave (on our special day!) - I think I've worked out you fly at lunchtime our time abut goodness knows when you arrive - our time, NZ time LA time..... all too much. Had a great supper at Dan and Claire's last night - Thai meal Yum. dan still reckons you can race round the world and gain time and never get any older !!! Tons of love as ever xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Mum and Dad on

Thinking of you as you leave the amazing islands of New Zealand.Hope all goes well with the flight.Great to catch Alan on the big sreen at work this morning!Will speak to you again when you reach L A.Lots of lovexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

Hopefully you will have reached America by now!!! All very exciting the prospect of crossing the continent. Christopher is worried that the heat will be bad - I'm sure you can cope though considering what you have been through. Do you know what day it is though?
Off on Alice this w/e (it will be my maiden voyage) to celebrate Mums and Dads 30th! It had got all the chances of being a great jolly with Betty and Lesley definitely joining and maybe Nigel, Jo, Geoffery and Geoff. CJB and celebrated outs on Tuesday and it don't half make one feel old!
LOL Jojo

Lindy on

By now you should be enjoying the warmth of California - could do with some warmth here - certainly no sign of drought here!!!!
Congrats to Alan & Trica - I'm sure you are having an amazing w/e - hopefully speak when you get back.
Looking forward to hearing of travels in the USA
Love Lindy

Lindy on

Think it might still be Saterday for you - I am hoping that by adding a comment I will get the updates as usual - still raining here - I could be developing webbed feet soon!!!!!! - even thinking of putting on the central heating - I just want some heat!
Hope all is well and that you were not delayed in leaving NZ
Love Lindy

Lindy on

Missing your news - last entry I have seen was in NZ - number 288!! Hoping to hear how you are getting on - maybe by putting this in my computer will eventually get the update.
love Lindy

betty on

Hope all is well with you both. I can hardly believe that you're now in America and just - what ?- 2 months to go before you're back here. I look forward to hearing about this final stage of the journey. We had a really great weekend on Alice, such fun. Love Betty

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