Page 33 of Pennyfarthing Travel Blog Posts

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton February 8th 2009

Monday day 18 was a nice, warm sunny morning as I set off from the Lazy Cow backpacker at Murchison, a place which I can thoroughly recommend by the way. It is owned by a nice couple who hail from Somerset and it was there that I met a couple of cyclists from Winnipeg, a vet and his wife, and also a Swiss cycling physiotherapist, who was going to have a day off since she was having leg muscle problems after the climb from Nelson. It was a steady pull up to St Arnoud following the river again. Again it didi not seem to be much of a gradient and indeed sometimes it appeared to be downhill but my legs told me otherwise. 10k before St Arnoud I came across a gliding club and an offer ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Reefton January 31st 2009

Her I am now in Reefton after a 700 mile journey through South Island, New Zealand. I Left Fox Glacier three days ago and passed through Franz Josef Glacier. I called for a brew in a cafe on the main street and left my bike with all my worldly belongings against the wall outside. When I cam out fifteen minutes later my bike was gone - panic. I aked people on the table next to it and no result. Eventually I found it intact in the next street. Gasp. The rest of the day was uneventful but hard with three hills. the last one being called Hercules , I did not feel like him. ross was a let down with the Historic Empire hotel being rather in need of refurbing. the cabin was OK but the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier January 28th 2009

Fox Glacier is a miracle to me. The base is only 200m above sea level and the top is only about 700, I think. why does it not melt awy faster? I am told that there is a large basin at the top which feeds into ice and the glacier moves down the gorge at 1 meter per day. It was receding until 1985 and now it is growing again very slowly. It is an amazing experience to go up onto the ice itself and see the crevasses and qwater running along the top and down into the 'moulins' - holes only to reappear at the base as a river. The walk to the glacier goes along the hillside and covers 700 steps upwards. One of our party felt faint and had to return - a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier January 27th 2009

Yesterday saw me arrive in Haast after a stiff climb over the Haast Pass. The day was a bit dull but it meant that the hills had cloud hanging over them, which was quite attractive. As I got closer to Haast the rain started and then petered out until i put my washing out later on. I had my first bad experience in Haast, where I had booked into the Haast Lodge for a room at $50. I thought I would treat myself to a better room, but was shown to a hut on the edge of the site. the hut was a bit tatty with plywood floor with no carpet and no services. This meant I would have to trail 80 yards across a puddled car park to the toilet at 3am and there was ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka January 25th 2009

Saturday saw me arriving in Wanaka by bus with the bike in the back. What a beautiful place when you meet it on a warm sunny day like this. I visited some friends of Bill Barkers, who he met in Mongolia and was made very welcome, following which we went to the pictures together to watch 'The children of the Silk Road'. A very good film about the Japanese invasion of China in the late 1930's. Bed called at 10 o clock ready for an early start. Sunday set off warm and sunny as I departed at 7.50am against a force 5 in my face. What a ride it was following Lake Hawea and then the bottom of Laka Wanaka. This sounds like it is a level ride since it follows the lakes, but believe me ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 23rd 2009

Arrived in Queenstown yesterday after quite a hard ride from Cromwell on an undulating road and quite busy. Just outside Cromwell was an old goldmining site of 150 years ago until the 1930's. What a dire existence they must have had when you see the small crude cottages that they lived in. Queenstown is a very nice place full of young people and vibtrant with much to see and do. The picture house beckoned last night and today the first activity was to go on the Jet Boat on the lake and up the Shotover River. this was quite fun and was helped by teh pilot spinning the boat raound through 360 at the drop of a hat. I hope that the video I took comes out OK. Following this was a trip on the Steamboat ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island January 21st 2009

Tuesday saw me riding into Omerama after a pull out of Fairlie in good weather. The wind got stronger and in my face for quite a while and made progress slow. The land up here is very poor and stoney with the usual Merino sheep and the occasional deer farm. Wednesday was a longer day with just over 70 miles to cover over the Lindis Pass so I was up at 6.30 and away at 8am after a big cooked breakfast. The journey started with a steady climb for 15 miles and a serious 5 mile ascent over teh pass. I am gald I was travelling West since the climb up the other side is 10 miles od serious gradient. I flew down in little time but had to cover up to keep warm. Surprisingly there ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fairlie January 19th 2009

Not A Good Day Arrived in Christchurch on Friday afternoon and found Vagabond Backpacker hostel. Saturday set off and ran over some of the glass, which is at the roadside everywhere. The tell tale sound of a camera wirring was the indication for me to upend my bike and remove the rear wheel to replace the tube. The glass was monstrous and put about 4 holes in the tube - scrap. Tube replaced and on my way in 40 minutes. Struggled to get out of Christchurch due to lack of signs. Ended up on Highway one for most of way to Ashburton. Got lost again due to lasck of signs and didi exra 10 miles - yuck. Not a good start to New Zealand. Found accommodation with family friend now living in Ashburton and good rest. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island January 11th 2009

South Island, New Zealand Just three days to go and accommodation has been booked for the entire, lone cycling trip in backpacker hostels, which are ideal for cyclists. I can make my own meals and ensure that I am getting a good balanced high carbo diet for energy. It also means that I can get an early breakfast if required if a long day ahead. I am averaging 60 miles per day, which should be enough when going over mountains with panniers. The maximum daily ride is 80 miles. It is exciting looking at the places I will visit on the web and just hope I get the good weather to enjoy it. I have stripped my bike down, fastened the bits to the frame with toe clip straps and bound it with industrial cling film ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur May 5th 2008

Away at 8.30am to go to Jaipur. On way called at Fatehpur Sikri to see the Mogul Palace. this was very interesting with a good guide but spoilt by persistant sellers of jewellery and crafts. On the journey we passed a varied farmland, from wheat farmers and single cow farms to brick works and stone cutters. The sandstone carvings of all sizes lined up alongside the road were a marvel. As we entered Jaipur I have never seen such depravation with people living in absolute squalour and poverty. It makes the heart blead.... read more

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