11/30/2014 – 514 days/45416 miles

This one’s just a continuation of my time in Takaka…

The one long hike I did was to the top of Parapara Peak. It’s a great option for a long day out, and it must not see too much traffic, because the trail is not very well manicured, which I guess could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.
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11/23/2014 – 507 days/45019 miles

Apparently Chicago is called “The Windy City” not because of the wind blowing off of Lake Michigan, but because of the hot wind blowing from politician’s mouths.
Wellington is called “Windy Welly” because it’s insanely windy.
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11/18/2014 – 502 days/45003 miles

I had a fairly windy ride getting in to Napier, but it was nothing compared to the endless, gusting, hurricane-force winds I rode through when I left. The worst thing about it wasn’t the huge gusts, but the fact that it could make a 180 degree change in direction at the drop of a hat, forcing me to make a quick change in the angle of the bike to compensate for it and sliding clear across the lane, hoping I wouldn’t be blown either off the road or into oncoming traffic. Mile for mile, I can’t think of a more exhausting day of riding (on paved roads, at least)

This is just south of Napier, in Hastings…I took a quick ride up Te Mata peak, and yes, it was windy as hell on the top
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11/05/2014 – 489 days/43822 miles

Even after seeing such a small portion of New Zealand, I am amazed with the diversity of landscapes…who knows what you’ll see around the next corner. The only guarantee is that the sea is always a brilliant blue and the land is always an intense green.
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