I spent this morning working on the Royal Albany Bicycle Trail.
Rode another new trail today with Kerry, out past Whitford.
I took my bike for a ride around the Manukau after I dropped Felicity and Judith at the airport this evening.
This afternoon I went for a new ride at Waharau Regional Park.
Continue reading Waharau – Whakatawhi Ridge
This morning we were both keen to keep exploring where we kayaked to yesterday, so we drove to where Triangle Rd crosses the Huruhuru creek and started looking for a walking track upstream.
Continue reading Swanson Stream
I’ve been keen to try out my new kayak racks since I got them, and today I got my wish.
Took my bike out to Riverhead yesterday to check out what the West Coast Riders Club have been up to in their block of forest.
Continue reading Proposed new track 18 is way cool
As we headed south on the motorway this morning, a gentle drizzle began which forced me to learn how to use the wipers on the new car. By the time we arrived at Lambie Drive it seemed to have settled in, so we donned our trusty ponchos and set off alongside the stream towards Manurewa. Continue reading Upper Puhinui Stream
Yesterday I rode a bunch of Woodhill trails for what might be the last time. Next week the loggers arrive to harvest the pine trees. The bike park hopes to be able to repair the tracks afterwards, but they will be out in the open for quite a few years; the sandy surface will dry out faster and be less fun to ride.
Our mission for today was to explore the section of the Te Araroa Trail that runs from the edge of the Manukau Harbour and up the banks of Puhinui Creek.
Continue reading Lower Puhinui Creek walkway
I’ve just returned home from a very pleasant outing to the West coast, where Ian Thomsen was celebrating his 60th birthday. Judith went early in the morning to work as a kitchen slave, but we arrived at midday, just as the BBQ was being lit.
We didn’t even manage two of the five whole beef fillets, but it was an excellent feed. I was sure glad I went for a run this morning.
After eating, everyone except the serious drinkers went for a walk on the beach. I enjoyed catching up with Elaine, recently returned from nearly four years in London.
A brief shower of rain encouraged us to turn back, but by the end of the beach it seemed sunny again, so we climbed the steps to see the gannets. A much heavier shower saw most of the group heading for home, but I stayed for a while with Murray watching the birds.
Today I went to Turners Auctions to bid on a Nissan X-trail I found on their website.
Continue reading I bought a new vehicle
My dad has just been approved for a rest home subsidy, so we went to inspect one today. I think it will be good for him to have three meals a day, and laundry and cleaning done.
When I arrived at Parakai, he was sitting in the sun admiring his beautiful variegated lilies, of which he is very proud.
Over the last couple of days, Felicity and I have been continuing our exploration of South East Auckland. Yesterday we started by checking out Barry Curtis park in Flat Bush.
Continue reading Otara Creek trail
After installing several new drains on the bike track last week, I was keen to test them out.
Continue reading Royal Albany Ride to test drains
A terrible stench this morning reminded me that the septic tank cleaner was here.
Continue reading Shit sucker suks up
The footpath behind the trees on Albany Heights Rd is a great place to run. Recently, one section became completly impassable, due to the encroachment of cutty grass and gorse.
I was right, the Woodhill tracks were running sweet after all the rain.
I want to ride my bike!
But it’s too wet today.
We’ve spent a fantastic week tramping around the edge of the Cobb Valley. It was rather wetter than we hoped, but a good time was had by all.