NZ Tour 2004
Heading south from Christchurch after a few days helping Simon build a wall in his garage. A hundred kilometres of flat, straight road with not a lot to see or any way to skip it. So I just sat and pedaled. Spent the night in a pine plantation near Hinds. A drink bottle leaked inside a pannier so I did some clothes washing. Sitting in a pine plantation is not very exciting, but my knees hurt a bit so I'm stopped for the day. I played with the camera and bike computer... 98km at about 30kph, a little over 3 hours on the bike.
|I take a lot of photos of signs to I have some idea where I am, and how far it is to where I'm not. This means that I can both work out how far I need to go to get somewhere, and I can retrospectively work out more or less how far I rode. this is useful when i start to fret about how far I have to go to get back to the airport to fly out. I make plans, then follow them (kind of). Well, ok, I don't follow them. But I feel happier for having the plan. Which is what counts. Anyway, here's me just after leaving Rolleston again, this time heading south.|
|Rakaia Bridge - very long so a bit interesting to ride over - motorists were polite though.|
|Stopping in the middle of Rakaia Bridge to take a photo. Because I can.|
|Camping in a pine plantation about 100km south of Christchurch. Yes, I am drying my washing, I stopped at a river and did some washing.|
|Playing with the camera. Short lens, close up, you get that fisheye effect.|
|Stealth camping in a pine plantation about 100km south of Christchurch. Not very stealth though - the locals who drove past on this track just waved and smiled.|