On our first full day in Norwich, Felicity went in to the university to begin work, so I took the opportunity to go for a bike ride. I ended up travelling over 65 kilometers, probably the longest ride I have ever done.
Continue reading Marriott’s Way
This weekend Felicity’s medical school class of 76 held its 40 year reunion in Napier, so we drove down in the motorhome to attend. We left home on Thursday at 3.00pm, and managed to get across the Bombay Hills, and out of the traffic, in just under an hour and a half.
Continue reading Hawke’s Bay Reunion
This Labour Day holiday we were well-organised – I hadn’t unloaded the kayak gear from last weekend – so we escaped the city late morning on Friday, heading south. By the time we reached Otorahonga we were ready for lunch, so we stopped at the Haurua rest area. This is the start of the King Country, and there is a memorial stone marking the spot where the first Māori king met with the Ngāti Maniapoto chiefs in 1857 to get their support. Europeans could not enter this area for the next quarter of a century. Fortunately for us the locals tolerate pakeha tourists these days.
Continue reading Whakaipo Bay
For many years Felicity and I have had an ambition to hike the walkway between Fletcher Bay and Stony Bay at the northern end of Coromandel.
Continue reading Coromandel Walkway
The final section of the Old Ghost Rd cycleway follows the Mokihinui River gorge past the Glasgow Range to the end of the road at Seddonville.
Continue reading Specimen Hut to Seddonville
The next hut from Mokihinui Forks is only an hour or so down the trail, so we had planned an expedition without packs to explore the North Branch of the river.
Continue reading Mokihinui River and Specimen Hut
Back on the cycleway, we made pretty good time following the South Branch of the Mokihinui river down to Mokihinui Forks.
Continue reading Goat Creek to Mokihinui Forks
There are a couple of kilometres of cycleway either side of Stern Valley hut, but it wasn’t long before we were back on a tramping-only route leading straight through the bush.
Continue reading Stern Valley to Goat Creek
In the morning, the valley below the hut was filled with cloud, but up where we were the sun was shining brightly.
Continue reading Ghost Lake to Stern Valley
As we were making breakfast in the Lyell Saddle Hut, we watched six kaka flying over the valley below us.
Continue reading Lyell Saddle to Ghost Lake
When it is finished (supposedly late 2015), the Old Ghost Road from Lyell to Seddonville will be one of New Zealand’s premier mountain bike rides. We decided to walk over it before it becomes infested with cyclists.
Continue reading Lyell Saddle – Old Ghost Rd
We spent Friday night at the Athenree camp ground, and enjoyed a soak in their attractive hot pool. A local artist has made a series of beautiful mosaic panels on the pool fence, depicting local bird life.
Continue reading Athenree Hot Springs
I caught the train out to Stratford at 10 o’clock this morning, which is the earliest I am allowed to take my bike. I arrived at a very modern Westfield shopping mall, and set about finding the greenway marked on the map.
Continue reading Stratford to London
Felicity had meetings organised for today, so I took my bike on the London Overground train as far north as I could get on my Oyster Card, which was Watford High St. As soon as I came out of the station I saw a National Cycleway sign pointing north to St Albans, a bit over seven miles away.
Continue reading St Albans to London
The old coach road down to Pataua is one of the finest pieces of continuous downhill single-track in the country.
Continue reading Whanui Track
Kerry and Audrey decided to ride the coastal trail leading north from Maraetai this morning, and they invited me to tag along.
Continue reading Maraetai to Beachlands cycleway
Yesterday Kerry and I drove up to the Bay of Islands to “experience Northland’s best recreational trail”, according to the brochure. According to the website, this trail was scheduled to be fully opened this month.
Continue reading Twin Coast Cycle Trail
It took us a couple of attempts to find the start of this trail, but a couple of road cyclists at Acacia Bay put us on the right track. We were on our way by 10am, with the sun breaking through the mist and promising a warm day.
Continue reading Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch W2K
Tonight I’m staying in Mangakino with Kerry and our mountain bikes, with a plan to ride the W2K track at Taupo tomorrow.
Continue reading Whakamaru Dam south on Waikato River Trail
I’m sitting in the bush at the lookout over the Bridge to Nowhere, on the Whanganui River.
Continue reading Mangapurua Trail to Bridge to Nowhere