Not had much internet access, or time to blog anything recently, but here’s a GoPro video I made on a ride with my Dad nearby Lake Taupo, New Zealand.
The past few day have been fairly chilled out, and consisted of visiting Napier, riding my bike a little, chilling on Ocean Beach, by the pool & doing a spot of casual kayaking around the estuary in Napier. It’s been good to visit all these places & I could honestly take hundred of photos each day of this trip, but I’m trying to hold back from doing that. I’ve taken a load of photos of various things I’ve seen though. The weather isn’t all that good at the moment, although hopefully it should get better soon, then I’m off to Wellington on Friday to see what city life is all about. Here’s a small selection of photos:
Napier’s tobacco factory is almost as impressive as Bristol’s
There’s something about these signs that I really like, I took a lot of photos of them
The port of Napier is majorly impressive when viewed from Bluff Hill. A lot of photos like this were taken also
Fish shop in Napier, you can’t not have shrimps whilst down under
They have a whole load of energy drinks down here that we don’t have back in the UK, like this black Mountain Dew, fair shout
So then, I’ve not posted anything for a few days due to lack of internet access, I’m trying to think what I’ve done in that time. I’ve gotten a few more bike rides in, the weather hasn’t been great but nice & dry so a bike ride is a must.
On friday it was my little bro’s 15th birthday so along with him & loads of his mates we took a jet boat ride on the Waikato River & the Aratiatia rapids, which, coincidently were being used & have been used to film for The Hobbit movie.
We spent the rest of the afternoon on board a friend’s speedboat which involved people learning to & mastering wakeboarding & other such activities.
Yesterday was my last day in Taupo, which coincided with a Specialized demo day, so I took full advantage of that & took a 2012 Venge for a test ride, one of the most incredible bikes I’ve ridden, so stiff & I can see why you’d want to sprint on that beauty.
I also took a slightly more forgiving Sram Red specced Tarmac for a ride which is a very nice option for an all day/race bike. I didn’t photo it but the truck setup is awesome.
There was an epic sunset last night, right now it’s 7am & I’m waiting for the sun to come out properly before proceeding with the day.
Not too much to post right now, a little summary of the past 2 days goes a little something like this: Yesterday morning started with a 45k ride in the Taupo Lake area, which I filmed on the GoPro so expect some footage at some point. Then I spent most of the afternoon chilling by the lake itself in the sun, then finished off with some longboarding including a nice bail which destroyed my knee. Today we took the hours drive to Rotorua, MTB capital of NZ & spent the day ripping up all kinds of trails on a hired GT Distortion. Again I captured some of this on the GoPro so will make an edit soon. Right now I’m sat in McDonalds taking advantage of the free wifi. A couple of snaps of recent activities:
Love the roadside signs over here
So smooth, perfect for riding & boarding
My bike chilling
Saturday was another travelling day, this time from Napier to Lake Taupo, the biggest lake in the Southern Hemisphere. The roads over here are amazing, so any drive takes in some epic views like no other, and the roads are so unbelievably smooth it’s like nothing I’ve seen before. There’s hardly any cars on them either, so travelling across the country on a saturday afternoon is a pleasure rather than the chaos it would be in the UK. The weather right now isn’t great so I’m sat in McDonalds at 7am waiting for the sun to come out. (The wifi is restricting my photo uploads but here are a couple)
Yesterday was spent around Lake Taupo, starting with a 30k bike ride up to Huka Falls which is an incredible sight, then spent the rest of the day cruising round the town on bikes & longboards, and a bit of chilling in the sun. The Falls are just amazing & I need to get my decent camera out to take some real good photos.
After a 9 hour sleep (to catch up on the lack of sleep I had on the flights over here) we took a quick drive up to Te Mata Peak, which is a pretty spectacular hill that I’m not sure I’d like to ride up, then proceeded to unpack my bike from it’s box & get it together for my first southern hemisphere ride. The temperature is in the mid 20s at the moment so real nice bike riding weather, the heat is counteracted by a whole lot of wind at the moment, side winds & head winds, making the riding a little interesting but keeping you cool. Put in 35km which wasn’t too bad, but it’s great to be out on the bike after being sat down on too many modes of transport for the last couple of days.
Views for days
At the top
Representing TDO 12,000 miles from home
This is my new favourite soft drink. Perfect after some miles.
The second half of my journey from KL to NZ was pretty much the same as the first half. Sit on a plane for 10 hours, eat, read, watch something, do it all again. It started off at night, we flew over the mighty Australia as the sun was rising, and ended up in Auckland at 1pm local time. From this it was a 6 hour drive to Napier, taking in some awesome sights & some countryside like I’d never seen before. A few photos of that leg of the trip can be found here:
Sunrise over Australia, this is a pretty epic sight
And so the drive began…
We drove nearby the countryside used to film Lord Of The Rings, some people get very excited about the fact I’m in New Zealand for this very reason
This town was mostly made from corrugated metal. Strange.
We stopped of at this waterfall which was an amazing sight
They don’t mess around when they move house here in NZ
(When I wrote this I was sat in Kuala Lumpur Airport after landing from London. The wifi had no upload speed so I had to delay this post.) Destination KL, 12 hours later & I’m here, halfway through my journey. Just done a bit of walking around to get the legs working again & to see the sights of the airport, now I’m making the most of the free wifi connection. I’ve just stepped off the longest flight I’ve taken before, and it wasn’t too bad, just a continuing circle of: watch a TV show, read a chapter of a book, eat some food… and so on. Not sure how I feel about doing this all again in an hour but it’s got to happen. Plus I may get my book finished, the first I’ve read since school days. Here’s a couple of snaps I took en route with the iphone.
Last shot from the UK
Somewhere over India
Rest time in Kuala Lumpur Airport
Some sort of jungle setup in KL
All the coverage from my trip to NZ can be found by hitting the banner at the top of the blog. Nice & easy for all those who are here to check out my goings on when in New Zealand. See you soon UK!