I must have offended the wind gods at some point in my bumbling life, they have been really in my face lately. No matter which way I turn the bike, there is an icy headwind. Where is it coming from? Antartica? My kidneys have been put into deep-freeze and somewhere around the 40km mark my saddle turned to stone and started rearranging my sitting bones.
But then I arrive somewhere like this, with the stream bubbling in the background and the hot showers bringing my kidneys back to life. Tommorrow I have forgotten all the pain and do it all over again. ( Come to think of it, maybe I’ll stay here for another day. )
Here’s a wise fella I met on the road. I asked him why it rained so much in New Zealand, he said if it didn’t rain then the place wouldn’t be so green. Which makes sense… thanks Mr Donkey.
Why couldn’t I go somewhere other than New Zealand where there are not as many hills? Somewhere that I wouldn’t need to carry a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and the kitchen sink. I could be having breakfast at a market stall in Thailand before cruising down to the next town to stay at a very reasonably-priced hotel and then flip-floping down to the night market for some Pad Thai and mango pudding.
Oh well, better keep pushing.
The road is flat, the wind is at your back and the weather is perfect. But beware o cyclist, the bicycle gods like to soften you up before they throw in a couple of 3km badly-engineered climbs! (or maybe I am just out of shape. )
I will have to keep these message short since I am typing them on the mobile.
To escape the city, catch a train or ferry, except in Holland of course. New Zealand can be windy at times for a cyclist but it also has lots of hot springs so at the end of the day things even out.
Here is a photo on the way to Melbourne Airport before the nightmare started. Nine hours later and I am still in Melbourne because Qantas didn’t have any bike boxes and sent me to Virgin who wasted a lot of time and by the time the bike was boxed they said it was too late to check in. And then they wanted to charge me $200 for excess luggage, oooh how I hate airports!
I am off to the North Island of New Zealand for a month of cycling. I am going to test posting to the blog via a video mobile and I have also added a new menu above called “NZ Trip Progress” which will display my progress as I get to internet cafe to update things. Lots of last minute things to do, so I better get to it!
Acrylics on canvas and oils on canvas.
Oils on canvas, acrylics on canvas and oils on canvas.
Here are some new lifedrawings and some paintings: