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10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
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11/13   Owharoa Falls
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11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
Kayak Trip 2017

Right is Left

2016-10-30

tl;dr: I have arrived in New Zealand. I am almost getting myself run over. A lot.

It turns out New Zealand won't let you in unless you can prove you will actually leave. As my plans are usually fluid I had hoped to avoid this. As it stands I now also have a cheap ticket to Australia. I may even use it.

I took a nonstop American Airlines red-eye flight from LAX to Auckland. You are fed very well on this trip. At some point the sun started coming up. I thought it was the longest sunrise ever, like the plane was keeping just ahead of the sun. Instead, the windows are all electronically tinted. So I actually missed sunrise.

I also basically missed October 29. I'm in the future now. It's the 30th!

New Zealand takes biosecurity seriously. I had to submit my tent for inspection and cleaning at the airport.

By the time I got my bike together and left the airport it was noon and I was hungry. The restaurants I found included Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway and Carls Jr. The coke at Carls Jr tasted odd.

I've read a bit about people finding driving on the left side of the road challenging. Biking on the left side of the road is insanely challenging. I have too much defensive muscle memory built up to watch for cars coming from only certain directions. Those aren't useful directions here. There were no close calls, but I ended up in a bad spot at least a half-dozen times while trying to get out of Auckland. Auckland itself isn't the easiest place to bike in. It's all hills and winding roads. Being exhausted doesn't help much.

I stopped at a grocery store. It was much the same as any grocery store in the US, except I recognized no brands. And the peanut butter jars were oddly shaped. And I couldn't find bagels.

Everything here is so green. It kind of reminds me of Seattle.

I am utterly exhausted. I considered getting a hotel, but it's the weekend and they are expensive. But the real reason I decided to bike out of Auckland: The long days! The sun doesn't set until 8 PM. I have plenty of time to get out of town even in my sleepy stupor.

I eventually made it north to Riverhead Forest, and, ignoring the No Camping sign, I camped. I was well hidden and, save for hikers and mountain bikers, there isn't anybody back in these woods. I set up my tent and ate some dinner. Then I was considering reading a bit, but I passed out with two hours of daylight left.

good morning Pacific


good morning New Zealand


figuring out my cash


getting used to being on the left side


it is spring time here


some bay


big spider


There are a lot of bicycle trails.


Sheep and rabits. I wonder if I will see any more of these?


This is a really high hedge.


getting off the highway


found a place to camp

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