The Five Passes tramp began with a farewell at Auckland Airport. Son Sam (24) was returning to Sydney and taking back with him a pretty stunning tattoo. Here Ross and I have persuaded him to lift his shirt in the international terminal and we are pointing out where we live - me from Auckland and Ross from Leigh. Before the tattoo was done, Sam asked me to come along with him to the Dermagraphic Studio in Ponsonby for the initial consultation. I felt honoured to be included in such a personal decision. Later, I dropped back to see the work in progress and to meet the young tattoo artist. Sam said it didn't hurt too much at the time, and afterwards it was like having a bad case of sunburn.
Tramping - The Five Passes January 27th 2010 Feral Mike and The Beast of Burden are Back
Gentle Readers, by the time you read this the solo bike ride will be about to resume. I fly from Auckland to Wellington tomorrow (Friday, 29 January 2010) to unshackle the Beast and free him from the dungeon where he has lain for the past few weeks. Together we take a ferry to Picton and the adventure resumes.
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I made a solo cycle ride from one end of New Zealand to the other over the southern summer - 2009/10. I kept off the busy highways as much as possible, and even managed a few 4WD tracks in some of the more remote corners of the country. I finished on 9 April 2010 and returned home ... full info