Day 14 Distance Traveled: 180 km (Trip Total: 3393 km) Sorry for the delay in posting this everyone. Day 14 takes me north, from the volcanic lakes of Rotorua to the small coastal town of Whangamata. The ride north starts out relatively uneventful. Once I make it beyond Rotorua, the land becomes hilly and farmland-y. The […]
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Day 13 Distance Traveled: 135 km (Trip Total: 3213 km) Today is my shortest riding day yet. To be honest, I’m a little glad for it. My knuckle joints hurt, I have a kink in my neck, and I have the faintest twinge of a hangover headache. Last night I walked down to the street to an […]
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Day 11 Distance Traveled: ~335km (Trip total: 2905 km) Today has been a simple, but very enjoyable day so far, thanks to meeting some more fantastic people. I sleep in late, and check out of my hotel just before the 10am cutoff. The weather is gray again this morning, and I set off under a […]
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The shell glows brilliantly like a prism, emitting every color of the rainbow. I hold it close to my chest, and it passes through my skin, absorbed by my heart. All of a sudden I am whisked upwards by that same unseen force, lifted to the surface of the water. When I emerge, it is […]
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The little girl runs off, leaving me to ponder the water. Maybe I will go for a swim like she suggested. I shed my armor and leave it behind on the pebbly beach. I slowly wade into the water, finding it sharply cold and shocking at first. The deeper I go, however, the warmer it […]
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The girl asks me, “What are you going to do now?” “I’m not sure”, I reply. “I know what you should do.” She nods confidently. “You should go for a swim!” I’m reluctant. “I don’t know… I don’t want to get my clothes all wet.” She laughs at me. “Silly! You don’t wear clothes in […]
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As I remain sitting at the edge of the lake, I’m approached by a small girl. She has a round face, black hair, brown skin and brown eyes. She walks up to me and offers me a small purple flower. I smile and take the flower from her. I turn and pluck my own flower […]
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I had very vivid dreams last night, that stick with me for the rest of the day. I recognize that they are in a sense the continuation of a dream I had at the start of this trip. I will share this dream with everyone over the next several posts. I sit at the edge […]
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Day 4 Distance Traveled: 206 km (Trip Total: 1206 km) Today I backtrack a bit along almost the same route I took to get to Te Anau. Queenstown is my new destination. Before I get into today, I want to share one picture I took last night to show you just how bright the sky […]
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Day 3: Distance Traveled: 241km (Trip Total: 1077 km) “What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. This […]
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