In December we are planning a five-day tramp in the Richmond Range with a couple of friends who have recently been trekking in South America, carrying full packs up over 5000 metres, so Felicity and I feel like we need to increase our fitness level significantly. Today seemed like a good opportunity to head into the bush out near the west coast for a hike.
Continue reading Goldie’s Bush
After a long walk around Omaha Beach yesterday, we decided that we would rest our legs and exercise our arms today by kayaking up the Waiwera river.
Continue reading Waiwera River
We discovered where the masses go to paddle their kayaks when we took a trip upriver from Wenderholm.
Continue reading Puhoi River Paddle
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
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.
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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
I was right, the Woodhill tracks were running sweet after all the rain.
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We went to church this afternoon. Spent two rather uncomfortable but rewarding hours on the pews of St Michaels Catholic church in Remuera.
Continue reading Stairway to heaven
Running through the Auckland domain today, I watched a train going into the tunnel at Parnell. Just to the left of the main portal is a smaller tunnel which has been blocked up with concrete blocks.
Continue reading Why can’t we use the Parnell tunnel