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  Monday, 30 April 2007

Roadside - Buller Gorge

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  Sunday, 29 April 2007

Kekerengu Campsite

This is probably my favourite photo of the last 6 weeks, taken on my 38th night of the tour. My Xtracycle, my dog (who by this time was a well experienced cycle-touring passenger), my tent and a place under the pines to pitch it; what more could a man ask for? Just beyond the trees is a kelp-littered, steep stoney beach with surf surging in and out. A soothing sound to sleep to.

So soothing in fact that I was up before dawn...

Kekerengu campsite at dawn

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  Saturday, 28 April 2007

Cameron Flat

We arrived at this campsite after dark having just cycled the gruelling Haast Pass road. The next morning it was raining heavily so I just stayed in my tent and enjoyed a well earned sleep in. By the time I emerged mid-morning all the other campers (vans and trucks) had moved on. For several hours we enjoyed a scrolling show of clouds and rain squals. You could sit and watch clouds form and disperse in minutes, while beams of sun broke through here and there. I could have sat there and photographed it all day.

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Well, we're back. I've had the last 48hrs just resting up. It's been raining since about an hour before I arrived home on Thursday night as if it was waiting until I was indoors again.

I've been thinking about telling a few stories here about our xtracycle trek around the South Island, but I'm struggling to decide how to start (without having to type for three days to finish the tale).

I have been dying to post some high res shots to show you what was really behind all those chunky mobile phone pictures (they were fun though, weren't they?), so I guess I'll do my usual trick of letting the pictures tell the story, a little bit at a time.

These two shots were taken on about day 11 of our voyage on our way through Haast Pass. It was raining on and off all day and we encountered some of the steepest roads in the entire trip. Travelled from Okuru (about 15km SE of Hasst), over the narrow, steep, incredibly beautiful pass, and down to a little DOC campground called Camerons Flat just North of Makarora. This is an example of some of the many views that cannot be appreciated from a car or a bus as you need to stop and walk to the edge of the canyon, and this piece of road is just too narrow and dangerous for a motor vehicle to pull over.

Haast Pass 1

Haast Pass 2

More high-res shots from the trip coming soon, in no particular order ;)

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