I did it!

We stayed in Queenstown for 2 days and just had a ball. First of all, the ride from Fox Glacier to Queenstown was outstanding. We took Haast Pass and went past Lake Wanaka and into the Cardrona Valley. The Cardrona Hotel was a cool place with good food and pleasant outside dining. See pictures in the Trip Photos. The ride into Queenstown was the Cardrona Valley/Crown road. What a blast. Our group leader, Glen would occasionally step it up a notch and blast through the mountains. His friend Bob, would have to catch up later. Mick and I were right behind him but I wasn’t able to pass a bus and lost sight of them. Once I got around, they were nowhere in sight. I later found out they stopped at a lookout but I must have zipped past without seeing them. No problem, we were getting close to our final destination and I had Google maps.

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Day 12 – Mount Cook

After our stay at the Larnach Castle we headed toward Mount Cook. On the way, we stopped at a couple of tourist attractions. One was the Blue Penguin Village. Believe it or not, there is a real penguin colony here in New Zealand. The photo gallery shows the lone penguin that we saw. Don’t know where the others were but he stood stoically for all to take pictures. We joked that he must have got the short straw and been relegated to photo duty for the day. Bob saw the Elephant Rocks attraction during his preparation for the trip and he really wanted to see them. We found them in an empty field on private property. Not much to see but he was happy.

The view of Mount Cook was amazing. Look in the photos section. We each had our own chalet. The view from the restaurant’s main dining room was great. The dinner buffet was special too.

We were all sad to know that tomorrow will be our last ride together.

Day 13 – The Final Ride

From Mount Cook, it was off to our final destination, Christchurch. Bob and Glen had discovered the University of Canterbury Observatory during their planning and wanted to visit it. It wasn’t part of the main tour even though it was right on the main route so the others didn’t stop. They missed some magnificent views as you can see in the photo gallery.

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Dayton, Kentucky, Athens, and Funeral

Took off Friday, August 10 to attend a birthday party for a friend who lives near Florence, KY. It’s just a ways across the Ohio River a few miles from Cincinnati. Spent the night Friday at my brother Ed’s and headed to the party Saturday late afternoon. It was a great party and I had fun meeting many new people. Continue reading “Dayton, Kentucky, Athens, and Funeral”

Let’s go for a bike ride!

Today is the beginning of my ride across Michigan. This week long event, called PALM for “Peddle Across Michigan”, started way back in 1982. They cut off registrations at 700 participants. I managed to get in under the wire as they extended the deadline this year because all spots weren’t filled. We start in Holland and end 6 days later in St. Clair, MI. I plan on taking the longer mileage option each day so the event will be about 350 for me. We’ll see how I feel as the week progresses because there is a shorter distance option each day.

There’s a few photos in the Gallery

Sunday – A Breeze

71.1 Miles
15.4 mph average speed
121 bpm average heart rate
2420 calories burned
1795 ft elevation gain
10% max grade

After some rain in the early morning hours, things settled down around  breakfast time and we had cloudy skies with cooler temperatures for the rest of the day. I woke up early because there were 2 assholes who decided to get up and take their tent down at 5 am. They were in the tent immediately beside me. They completely ignored the quiet hours restrictions which were in effect until 6:30. The inconsiderate jerks even talked in a loud voice while they were tearing their campsite down. I decided to let it go and not start a fight. I never got back to sleep. Breakfast was disorganized and started 30 minutes late. The line was incredible and the food wasn’t very good. Some sort of goulash that they called a breakfast casserole. The food last year was much better. Continue reading “Sunday – A Breeze”

Monday – They lied about the wind

67.31 miles
13.32mph Avg speed
122 bpm avg heart rate
1758 ft elevation gain
2686 Calories burned

A miserable day. Weather forecast called for West winds but they were East. Some fairly big hills in the morning but then we were riding the corn fields. Flat with terrible road surfaces. One long section was just recently redone with chip/seal. Since it was new, it wasn’t packed and it was bumpy.

No support stops for the last 25 miles and there was no place to buy anything. The organizers called it a food desert. I would have been nice if they at least had a water thermos somewhere in that 25 miles.

We ended in the town of Portland. A nice place with 3 micro breweries. I was ready for some beer for sure.

Gonna be an early night as the forecast calls for more headwinds tomorrow.

Tuesday – Missed the Turnoff

53.38 Miles
13.6 avg MPH
118 bpm avg heart rate
1197 ft Altitude Ascent
1969 Calories burned
191.7 Total Accumulated Miles

Not much happening of interest. East winds kept the ride a bit rough but it wasn’t too bad. Not much scenery. Just more of the same corn fields and roadkill. They seem to have more coons and possums than we have around HB. Continue reading “Tuesday – Missed the Turnoff”