Category Archives: Happy Snaps

The Final Day – “We’ll see how we go” – Kawakawa to Cape Reinga

On the fourteenth day, marking thirteen and one half days of elapsed time, we finished this ride on or around 7 pm. Below are the parting sentiments of our traveling crew of three. Benjamin Kidney (nee Riley): We stood on the … Continue reading

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Day 13 – The Northward Voyage to Native Kawakawa

My worst fears have begun to realize. In the beginning the spot tracker was a source of strength; something to pull us from within the depths of our solitude and turmoil. We were so very thankful for the day that … Continue reading

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Day 12 – A fat sun in the sky – Morrinsville to Helensville and many Villes between

Now Tom and Ben ne’er were the first petunias outta the patch in the mornin’. Old man Lynskey would rap on the screen and there they’d be; dead ‘n’ gurgling to all ‘n’ sundry. Now if they were to get … Continue reading

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Hanging Hanmer Hams – my forbidden fruit

Plump and glazed Sweet and firm A delicious meaty treat Hanging, sweating, in the sun Begging to be eat No! Not yet! The villagers cry Young boy, you’ll have to wait! A few more days is all you need And … Continue reading

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Day 11 – Taupo to Morrinsville

This morning I woke reluctantly from a good, deep sleep. I rolled over and set about straightening my knees. They’ve stiffened recently, and developed a few interesting squeaking and cracking noises. I traipsed off to the bathroom and noticed that … Continue reading

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Day 10 – Napier to Taupo – It’s all downhill from here

Today wasn’t much fun. It was hot when we left Napier, looking at 143km through to Taupo along the relevant state highway. We’d been told it was hilly and that the wind would be in our face, but what can … Continue reading

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Day 9 – Rivers of Tar – Glenross Lodge to Napier

To my loving wife, Today was a stinker. Unfeasibly hot. Disgorgingly hot. A non sequitur of mellifluous heat, if you’ll allow me the liberty. My companion has become estranged from his faculties – he has lost many good litres in … Continue reading

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