Here it is! The first posting! I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get things together, but what with the bicycling and all, my computer time has been limited. For those of you playing along at home, we flew into Auckland and, after assembling our bikes, were off towards Coromandel Peninsula. Then it was down to Rotorua and then around the East Cape to Gisborne. Everything has been going well. We’ve had wonderful luck with the weather: mostly sunny, not too windy, cool morning and evenings. It’s nice to be on the road again. My legs were getting twitchy and now they’re happy to be moving, albeit around and around in small circles. Camping is great and soft beds are over-rated. At the end of a day of riding, face-planting into a sleeping bag is just fine. Traveling with everything you need, knowing where it is at all times, it’s the best. I’m not sure what that says about my personality, but there it is. All in all, it’s nice to be on the road again.
For those of you just waiting for the pictures, here you go. I promise more stories will follow in the days to come, but I feel bad that I’ve failed to deliver on the promises of pictures so far. Sorry.
Oh, and the pictures seem to be in reverse-chronological order, but I’ve been having a terrible time getting them up at all and my internet time is quickly running out, so you’ll have to forgive me this once.
Day break at Tolaga Bay
After setting up our tents at Tolaga Bay.
Chris rides towards construction.
The coast along the East Cape.
A lovely day for a sail on Lake Rotoiti.
A family of black swans.
An amazingly British bowling green at Lake Rotorua.
The coast riding south from Orere Point west of Coromandel Peninsula.
A sheep-covered hillside in Wharekawa.