Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day One

After dropping my little black dog off at the kennels I went home and loaded the bike for the trip South. Then I sat down to twiddle my thumbs for a while until it was time to leave - waking up at 4am gives you plenty of time to get used to waiting...

The ride down to Wellington was pretty uneventful although it was nice that the roading guys had thought to turn their workings into a mud soup just before I rocked up. So much for a nice clean bike - it now looks like it's just finished the Paris-Dakar.

The trip across was nice and smooth. I spent my time on board having lunch and watching a movie I'd already seen. Once in the Sounds the scenery gets a lot better so I just sat outside enjoying the fresh air and vistas.

The ride to Nelson was great and although it was hot and supposed to rain I scraped through without getting wet at all.

Damn this keyboard is small! Oh well, I'll leave you with hopefully a couple of not too crappy phone pics. Next post tomorrow from Nelson where the interweb will easier to access...


  1. Already looking forward to this trip report.

  2. Good luck and have fun.

    Sounds like you got the dirty bike part out of the way right quick. Didn't you just wash the thing?

  3. I am glad you made it across safely, even if a bit dirtier. Those pics are gorgeous.

  4. Have fun and ride safe!

  5. Andrew:

    Dirty is good. If you ride fast enough the dirt blows off. Good luck and return safely, don't sweat the small details, post when you get back home

    Riding the Wet Coast