Another Walkabout?


Journal
4 years 4 weeks ago

The ride from Taupo to Rotorua is a really nice and easy one.  
I saw my first geothermal vent today.  I've been on the Thermal Explorer Highway since departing Napier. The thing that surprised me was that this was on the side of a driveway and taped off with warning tape. There were a few of these in the area around a gas station and it gave me the impression that the earth was trying to undermine the area. :)  Stupid brain. Applying agency to the earth... :)

4 years 5 weeks ago

Really early start this morning. We crossed a daylight savings line so the alarm went off an hour early. Not that I clicked to this bit of info. I was on the road just before sunrise though. The first downhill stretch got me too a cafe that claimed it was half way between Napier and Taupo and I'd not had breakfast yet so decided now was as good a time as any other. There was still a little while too wait until they opened so I settled in and started reading. I must have been engrossed in the book because I didn't notice the hour pass.

4 years 5 weeks ago

The road today wasn't bad. Lots of hills but many good downhill runs also. The views weren't bad either.

4 years 5 weeks ago

Up before the sun this morning. Very nice view off it lighting up the hills. Dressed, packed and on the bike by 7ish.

Three first river valley descent had a wind chill high enough that I was glad I had socks, singlet, tee, thermal top, wind breaker and gloves on. Damned cold, but still fun. The accent lasted about 5 minutes before I was peeling the layers off though. This was expected.

4 years 5 weeks ago

The Gentle Annie isn't so gentle. At least it doesn't seem that way with just over 20kg strapped to the bike. On the up side I'm lasting a bit longer on the uphill stretches and it's not nearly as painful to sit on the bike any more.

For most off the day the view was of farmland and valleys but there were a couple of spots on the tops where the view was quite magnificent. It was an almost cloudless day and the mountain ranges were quite clear.

4 years 6 weeks ago

Off at a reasonable hour today. The road continued its steady climb Butt the terrain wad more uppy/downy than yesterday. There were many bits where I resorted top pushing the bike.

This was in past due top the slope and in pay due to the fact that sitting in the saddle is bloody painful.

Despite the pain it was still a great day. Although I've decided to take an extra daddy in Taihape to give the bruising a break.

4 years 6 weeks ago

I finally had to move on. I've got the bike and every thing packed on it. Three foot is still a little sore but it should be able to handle peddling. Gary and Stars have offered to come and fetch me if it turns out top be too much. I love them to bits but really hoped I wouldn't need to make that call. As it turned out, I didn't.: )

4 years 6 weeks ago

The issue with the foot seems to have settled down a lot over night.  For the first time in ages it was what I would consider to be a normal colour and most of the swelling has gone.  I'm fairly confident that I'll be moving on tomorrow.

I've picked up a bike. Got a rack, paniers, etc and appear to be able to fit everything on it reasonably well.

The new route will take me past Napier, Gisbourne, Rotorua and back up through Auckland etc to the Cape. 

4 years 6 weeks ago

So I called around a number of doctors today to see if any were able to book me in to have my foot looked at.  There are 4 doctors in Feilding and only one was willing to allow me the chance of an appointment. Even that one required me to call on the day and early.  The rest wouldn't even give me that opportunity.
So, the plan now is to call first thing tomorrow morning and cross my fingers. I would hate to be stuck here with an acute condition that wasn't bad enough to warrant a 111 call.

4 years 6 weeks ago

Caught a lift out to Feilding with Gary today. They've kindly offered to put me up until the foot sorts itself out which may take some time. :/

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