Ride for Christchurch


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Recent Pledges
Nathan pledged $150.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $150, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Leela pledged $2.00 per 50km, with a maximum of $100, to New Zealand Skeptics Society
Steven pledged $0.13 per 1km to Woman's Refuge
Mark Stevenson pledged $50.00 per 1000km to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Julien de Nas de Tourris pledged $50.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $150, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Julie pledged $40.00 per 1000km to Woman's Refuge
Jono Griffin pledged $5.00 per 10km, with a maximum of $100, to Woman's Refuge
Fred Bremmer pledged $1.00 per 100km, with a maximum of $30, to New Zealand Skeptics Society
stu pettigrew pledged $1.00 per 100km to New Zealand Skeptics Society
Miche pledged $10.00 per 100km, with a maximum of $100, to Woman's Refuge
Jo Drysdall & Sebastian Denize pledged $50.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $150, to Woman's Refuge
Colleen Davis pledged $30.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $100, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Amy Wilson pledged $50.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $150, to Woman's Refuge
Lisa Tam pledged $5.00 per 100km, with a maximum of $50, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Bevan pledged $2.00 per 10km, with a maximum of $500, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Paula Nunweek pledged $30.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $100, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Mike Harbrow pledged $50.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $150, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Jenni Smith pledged $50.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $150, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Daniel Parsons pledged $100.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $300, to Woman's Refuge
Patrick Davey pledged $100.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $100, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
David Robb pledged $100.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $300, to Woman's Refuge
Danna Challies pledged $100.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $300, to New Zealand Skeptics Society
Moz pledged $50.00 per 1000km, with a maximum of $300, to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Latest Pledge
Thanks to Adam Carmichael for pledging $50.00 per 1km to New Zealand Skeptics Society.

Go Gold!

Journal
1 year 9 weeks ago

Initial impression was just fantastic.  Saved the best for last.  Quite sweet, a little stringent at the end, light on the tannin. Very dark and quite dirty. May have benefited from decanting but was a great way to end the evening.

1 year 9 weeks ago

The verdict on this was that it was quite tasty.

"I would subscribe to that" -  

1 year 9 weeks ago

"There's less to this than meets the eye." - @slothphil

1 year 9 weeks ago

The port spilling and glass breaking part of the evening has begun...

1 year 9 weeks ago

The big brother to the previous one.  Very nice colour.  A little harsh at the back of the throat, quite dry.  Not actually sure how to describe this one.  Phil describes it as a sherry starting to be on the dry side, rather than a port. The flavours are complicated... That's about as far as I can go with it I think. It's not unpleasant, but it's not good as I was anticipating.

1 year 9 weeks ago

This is a step down after the previous couple.

 

The colour isn't bad, tawny bordering on ruby.  I think it's a little... fresh though.  Just a little harsh on the nose and has a bit of an edge on the tongue. I think this may be the Krohn Ruby Port of the Tawnys.

1 year 9 weeks ago

 

The Six Hour Lunch is something that we started back around 2008.  We first heard about it at a wine tasting evening at Vino Fino and we liked the idea so much that we have made it something of a tradition.

So, it's on again.  Amy and Dopp are hosting it here in Christchurch and we've got a great line up so far. :)

I'm actually starting this late so we'll get a couple in this post and I'll start posting as we reach them.  Traditionally these posts get less and less coherent through the day so bare with me. :)  Since the walk I've also become something of a light weight.

1 year 20 weeks ago

Up at 4am, on the road at 5am. I figured there would be enough time. Two hours to cover 20km.  Even on hills experience tells me that this is a manageable pace. As it happened I cut it very close.

1 year 20 weeks ago

Wouldn't you know it?  Longest distance in one day yet and I don't have cell coverage to tell people about it...

Anyway, the day. It started out wonderfully. No wind and the sun was out with very little cloud cover.

1 year 20 weeks ago

Rain occurs in all sorts of forms.  There's intermittent rain, which comes in stops and starts. There's heavy rain that tends to have big fat drops. There's drizzle which is a sort of light rain that is reasonably consistent. There's a new type of rain I experienced today. I call it "You have to be frakking kidding me" rain. It's what you get when you add heavy rain to gale force winds. Big heavy drops that leave you feeling like you've been repeatedly punched in the face. A lot. For a long time.