Hwy 89 is awesome. Climb the mountain and take photos of Qtown and surrounding from kilometers away. C=9,R=7,T=3,V=9. Sweeps all the way to Wanaka and then heaps of lakes and mountains and then Fox Glacier and Franz (saw Franz last year).
Finally a Spa (hot tub) at Sir Cedric’s.
Raining during my ride to Qtown, too bad because some good and views that would have been better on a nice sunny day. Especially hwy 6 to Qtown; C=8,R=7,T=2,V=9.
Hippo lodge is one of the best locations I have stayed in situated high above the center. Including free pears off the pear trees in the yard. Had a good night of drinking and was going for a second when I got the call to come back to
to shoot a commercial. Wellington
Arrowtown pies are way over priced for what you get!!!($4.20)
Beautiful ride through the Catlins to Invecargill. C=9,R=7,T=2,V=7. Had a couple of Jimmy’s pies along the way and they are good. Too bad I couldn’t have made it to the factory in Roxborough to shake hands with Jimmy! Avoid mutton pies.
Invercargil to Te anau was smooth and fast (fast for NZ roads is 110kph, which have no shoulders at all). C=7,R=7,T=1,V=8.
A Southern university town that was on Easter break. Nice town that reminds me of a smaller version of
Highlight!!! Played goalie for one of the Dunedin Ice hockey teams in the Easton Cup. It was great to put the skates on in the Southern Hemi and I think this clinched
New Zealand over as the place to live! We lost 4-3 in the last minute of the game even with an All-star performance, 28 to 10 in shots for the other team. I was happy just to have a cup. The team would love it if I would come back and be their goalie. It’s good to feel wanted even if my glove hand was the reason for all for goals! Australia
Good tourist drive at
State Highway 1 from Kaikoura to CC; Curves=8, Roads=8, Traffic=3, View =6.
Stayed in CC for two nights with my friend Pip (kiwi that I met in
Rode above CC on
Hard to stop on side of the road for good photos as there is no shoulder on almost all roads.
Took the amazing ferry ride to the south and met a couple of bikers while strapping down our bikes. Great photos from the ferry.
Kirsten, one of the riders who is from
rode with me to Kiakoura where we stayed at Dusky’s Lodge. This place is great, we chilled out in the spa(hot tub) and got a free bbq dinner from the cook who had some shell fish leftovers (normally $15 a plate). Very cool having someone to ride with for a day. Kirsten’s Bike is a very old Honda which I don’t think will make it much further. Safe travels Kirsten! Germany
Quick note from Paddy’s day, had a good afternoon of drinking in the
and then moved to James J. Murphy’s for the majority of the evening where I was on the look for Irish in order to buy them drinks. Here are the only two I found, Dave and Jo (I think?). Apparently St. Paddy’s is not nearly as celebrated in the homeland as it is in North America and the Cambridge Southern Hemi. The Irish love being away on Paddy’s day.
Check out the photo of the BMW that looks like it has been everywhere under the sun. The owner is a deaf mute from
who has been riding since 1965 or so. He has been traveling since May 2000 on this journey and … well see the photo and map. Belarus