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  • Day13

    5-2 Taumarunui

    February 5, 2019 in New Zealand

    Het is lekker afgekoeld vannacht, dus de tent is echt kleddernat. Natter dan na een regenbui! Maar goed, ik hoef alleen maar 500 meter te klimmen, plus alle extraatjes. Maar de eerste kilometers zijn echt prachtig, je fietst gewoon door een tropisch regenwoud! Ik zie zelfs af en toe vogels! Ik denk trouwens dat ik vannacht kiwi's gehoord heb.
    Na 15 km wordt het weer meer productiebos en maak ik wat meer vaart. Denk zelfs dat ik wel voor twaalven in Raetihi kan zijn, dan kan ik misschien de bus nog wel halen. Ik word nog door een wesp (?) gestoken terwijl ik foto's maak. Ben gelukkig vlakbij mijn uitzuigset. En een mevrouw komt gelijk vragen of het wel gaat. Kiwi's zijn echt tof! Het deed knetter zeer, maar na anderhalf uur gaat het eigenlijk al wel weer. Hoera! En dus toch de bus gehaald. Boodschappen gedaan. Heb geen zin meer in 18 km fietsen en een Doc, dus sta nu aan de snelweg. Goed besluit om niet naar Taumarunui te fietsen! Brrr. Er was heel vaak zelfs geen vluchtstrook. In Raetihi leek het niet druk, maar hier wél! Ik krijg een biertje van weer een Kiwi, ik moet toch wel Nieuw Zeelands bier drinken! Hoezo trots op hun land.
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    Linny van der Weijden


    Linny van der Weijden

    Je kunt een tentoonstelling vullen bij terugkomst met mooiste foto's

    Barbara de Groot

    Hoe houd je “nieuwe” tent het?

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  • Day186

    Exkurs: Ich liebe Schafe

    August 5, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Neuseeland und seine Schafe - das gehört zusammen wie Topf und Deckel. Nach Angaben des Fachmagazins Schafzucht (nachgeschlagen in Schafzucht online) verzeichnete man zwischen den Jahren 1982 und 2017 einen geradezu dramatischen Rückgang der Schafspopulation von 70 Millionen auf 27 Millionen Schafe. Auf einen Einwohner kamen damals noch 22 Tiere, heute sind es nur noch sechs. Einwohner zählt Neuseeland lediglich ca 4,8 Millionen.

    Gefühlt sind sie dennoch überall. Sie grasen links und rechts der Straße, manchmal stehen sie auch auf der Straße und wenn sie in der Masse auftreten haben sie natürlich immer Vorfahrt. Neben Schafen trifft man auch schonmal Kühe, Ziegen oder Fasane auf der Fahrbahn.
    Ich weiß auch nicht wieso, aber ich finde diese Schafsmassen toll. Ich würd am liebsten jedes Mal ein Foto machen. Es gibt sogar kleine Lämmchen und da ist auch das ein oder andere schwarze dabei.

    Die Schafzüchter fahren mit Quads durch die Gegend, hinten drauf meist drei bis vier Hütehunde, die sich lautstark Gehör verschaffen und die Rasselbande zusammenhalten. Vor mir laufen sie aber weg. Schade, würd sie so gern knuddeln. So bleibt mir nur, ihnen ein geflötetes „Guten Morgen, ihr Schäflein“ hinterher zu rufen.
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    😁 und am Ende noch ein schwarzes "Schaf"

  • Day15

    Tongariro National Park

    May 15, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Alternate title: Mt. Doom gets cloudy.

    We awoke to a beautiful view on the north side of Lake Taupo. A great freedom camping site, it had one pit toilet, or as they say here, a long drop toilet. We agreed that we wished we could stay longer everywhere to just enjoy our many gorgeous campsites. Each one has lovely hikes and walks all around it. And Lake Taupo was huge and very gorgeous in the sunrise.

    It's not as large as one of the great lakes, but still very large. It took us about 40 minutes to drive from the north at Taupo, to the south end at Turangi. So we got on the road right away, and got breakfast at a cafe connected to a bait shop (Taupo is known for trout fishing), connected to gas station. I had the full mixed grill, which included "streaky" bacon, sausages that are very finely ground with an outer casing that feels like paper, eggs and cooked tomatoe. And a flat white of course.

    Our destination today was Tongariro National Park, and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This was New Zealand's first national park, and the 4th ever in the world. In 1887, after the Land Wars, a foward thinking Maori cheif gave it en tact to the crown as a national park. He feard that their sacred area would be parceled up and turned into sheep pastures, like so much of the charming countryside today.

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered one of New Zealand's "Great Walks", and the best one day walk. Nate had massaged my calves the day previous, and so I felt reasonably recovered after our Mt. Te Aroha hike. It's about 20km, that's estimated to take 6-8 hours to complete.

    In traveling, it's important to accept that weather is weather. So when an enormous cloud came and settled over the entire park, completely covering all 3 volcanoes, well, we were disappointed. But it also had its interest. I was reminded of seeing the Isle of Skye in Scotland. What typically looked like the home of faries in all the photos, was freezing, driving rain the whole day we were there. And the time I went camping in Denali. I gave myself 3 full days at the campsite to try and capture the photo I wanted, but when the whole state caught on fire, I coudln't even tell I was camping at the base of one of the tallest peaks in North America.

    The best you can do in planning for weather, if you don't have unlimited time, is just plan to dress for it. Which we did. With long johns, and sweaters, and rainproof layers, and hats, we set out with snacks and water.

    When in nature, I highly suggest taking a professional geologist with you everywhere. If you don't have your own geologist, I have one I can recommend. Nate was terrific at describing the geologic landscape to me, and found many interesting rocks to examine. Lava rocks had been thrown everywhere, black, twisted and craggy. They were fascinating. And the clouds rising and lowering over the valley gave everything a very mystical and primitive feel. Twisted craggy shadows would emerge out of the mist and vanish again.

    To our right was Mt. Ngauruhoe, the famed Mt. Doom of Lord of the Rings, and to our left was Mt. Tongoriro. Both of them young, active volcanoes. Mt. Doom is the youngest volcanoe on the island, and until 1975 was eruping every 9 years. Unfortunately, you'd never know we were walking between them. The mountains were not visible at all.

    We made our way 5 km in to Soda Springs, through intermittent rain and wind, and then headed back out. Heading over alpine crossings in stormy weather is strongly discouraged in Colorado, as well as New Zealand. And the view would'nt've improved. It was predicted to rain through Thursday.

    I have to say, I had been rather intimidated by the hike. After all, locals acted like Mt. Te Aroha was a 3 hour jaunt, and it had been extremely difficult. There are multiple warnings surrounding the Tongoriro Alpine Crossing, about how tough it is, and requires a high level of fitness, etc. But now I think that primarily has to do with the popularity of the hike. The more popular the hike, the more information abounds, the more people do it, and the more tourists do it badly. I now definitely think I could've completed the Tongariro crossing in 8 hours with an early start and good weather. Mt. Te Aroha was much more brutal.

    We've now started our shift north, up the western coast. We'll explore the Forgotten World Highway tomorrow.
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    carl mcmurray

    NICE, cept for that kiss'en that blocks the scenery. ha

    carl mcmurray


    Lorna McMurray

    rough going

    Lorna McMurray

    home sweet home


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