Rough crossing

Another one fingered post on my phone……

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Time for a guided tour of the Beehive in Wellington, the NZ parliament. First women in the world to be granted the vote (1893); they abolished the upper House and now have PR. Very go-ahead I would say.

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Incredibly rough crossing to S Island. Most of the passengers very sick….but not me :0)

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Met Mauro & Enzo (from Italy) on the ferry and they kindly donated to the fund.

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Picked up from ferry by John & Ros Stace in their speedboat and whisked off to their holiday home in the Marlborough Sounds. Ros is national President of Save the Children NZ.

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My bedroom has an amazing view over Waterfall Sound. I could get used to this! But, back to the tent tonight.
First day on S Island: sunny but much cooler, and a dispiriting headwind all day…….. Did 50km less than I had hoped for, but detained in Picton by the preserved remains of the Edwin Fox, a 19th century wooden ship used for transporting prisoners and emigrants to Australia & NZ. Our friend Jean’s great grandfather had been the first captain to take emigrants out to NZ.

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This journey is a three course meal. N Island proved to be a substantial starter. S Island, I know, will be filling main course. And Australia, I hope, will conclude the meal with a sweet, creamy dessert.
Now I just need to choose the wines…..
And if Steve Wesson reads this (he’s just started from Cape Reinga) get your head down so we can share a beer at the bottom!
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My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on February 6, 2013, in New Zealand End-to-End 3000kms and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. does that mean that Jean’s great gdad was taking convicts out from england to nz and oz. ?

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  2. Very interesting what you said about not being sick on the ferry crossing, Frank. Many years ago (I was about 23) Keith Wagstaff and I took the ferry from Algeciras in S Spain across to Morocco. We got knocked every which way by a nasty storm, and everybody on that boat was sick except for the two of us. A German next to us said: “It’s different for you guys. You have the sea in your blood” At the time I remember dismissing the remark with a smile. Now – 40 years and 40 trips later – I wonder …

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  3. Sam, I understand his cargo were entirely paying passengers going as settlers…….

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  4. Interesting observation Peter. I put it down to the cyclist in me used to constant motion……

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  5. Your photos are stunning. You seem to be having a great time and meeting up with some wonderful folk. Hope you don’t encounter too many more headwinds.

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