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Making Memories

posted on 2019-12-15 11:57:39 in Patagonia

This is the last blog report from “The Trip” Unfortunately due to some rather difficult weather conditions the final treks could not be made due to flooding on the tracks.  A little disappointing after such good weather and a great trip. Did the trip live up to expectations - Yes most definitely ! I was brilliant to be able to spend so much quality time with Thomas, making memories. Whether it was to working together as a team using our strengths, facing the challenges or just walk...

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Stormy Weather

posted on 2019-12-08 23:07:06 in New Zealand

To get ourselves back on track we decided hiring a rental car for a couple of days would give us some flexibility to getting down south to Otago and back on track after missing the Heaphy track.  Leaving Nelson was easy, SH6 all the way to the west coast. Once we reached the Buller river we also found the rain again. The river was still flowing very well from the previous storm and there was plenty of smaller rivers also flowing very swiftly. We made camp at Punakaiki and was offered a nice sp...

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Drying out

posted on 2019-12-06 10:45:42 in New Zealand

Takaka After arriving as planned in Takaka, locating the campsite and pitching the tent we went off to explore the town to find out where we could eat for Thomas’s birthday, supermarket location and information on the weather in regards to the Heaphy track. 1 & 2 very positive and favourable the weather however was not looking good and we were advised to return in the morning to get an update. Thomas was easy to please for his birthday meal a simple burger and chips and ginger beer. ...

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Abel Tasman part 2

posted on 2019-12-03 14:43:04 in New Zealand

Day 3 Bark Bay - Awaroa After yesterday’s “easy” walk today was a little more challenging completing about 15km. Again we needed an early start to cross the river estuary, unfortunately when we arrived at the river the water was still knee deep so we decided to back track and follow the slightly longer high water track. This was only an extra 700m and quite scenic crossing two bridges and walking through fern tree bush. With a small climb to negotiate it warmed our calf muscles ready fo...

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Abel Tasman Coastal Track

posted on 2019-12-02 09:44:21 in New Zealand

Abel Tasman Coast Track runs through the National Park for a distance of approximately 60 km, plus offshoots to lookouts etc. We decided to break our walk into 5 shorter walks to take a steady and comfortable walk following the knee problems we encountered In Patagonia. After staying the night in a Nelson campsite, a final shop for fresh supplies, gas and some jandels (flip flops or thongs depending where you are in the world) we headed off to the bus stop at 7:00am to catch the twice weekly ...

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Hello New Zealand!

posted on 2019-11-26 21:00:17 in Patagonia

“Home sweet home” well almost. The journey from Chile to Auckland via Sydney went without a hitch, just very long. Unfortunately the arrival in Auckland was not the end of the traveling, after we picked up a rental car i then drove over an hour down to Hamilton. Finally we made it and sleeping on the old futon I once owned never felt so good. The next day I left Thomas with his friend to prepare for the wedding and I spent a few hours looking around the city spying a few changes since ...

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Goodbye Patagonia

posted on 2019-11-22 01:14:32 in Patagonia

Punta Arenas “Hola” The City of Punta Arenas certainly appears to have more wealth than the previous two places we stayed. The roads were much cleaner and wider, the houses tidier and in better shape plus not one broken down car in the street! There is a lot of road building work going on at present and the footpaths had many signs of redevelopment eg new lamps, bicycle racks and many other things. Next year the city celebrates the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the region, I...

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4x4

posted on 2019-11-19 21:09:36 in Patagonia

Each day in Ushuaia got better and better! Today we took an exciting 4x4 drive through the forest in a Landrover Defender to Lago Fagnano. I have never taken a “Proper” 4x4 trip but knew what I could expect and was not disappointed. The solid chunky Defender stood up to everything the rugged terrain could throw at her. It was great to “ swim” and keep feet dry, lean into the hillside through fear of rolling and the novelty of driving sideways like a crab walking will remain firm memories...

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Ushuaia

posted on 2019-11-18 12:12:26 in Patagonia

The city was founded as a penal colony in October 1884. Today It is a resort town due to its location on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, well almost! The railway is nicknamed the “End of the World” with the original railway line built by the prisoners over 100 years ago. Ot has now been restored and one of the major draws to the city. With my love of trains and the promotion hype the railway gets,  I cold not miss the opportunity to travel to the “...

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The long drive

posted on 2019-11-16 00:30:11 in Patagonia

Another early start to take a long drive 13.5 hrs to  Ushuaia the southernmost city in the world, capital of the region and gateway to Parque Nacional Tierra Del Fuego, the southern most Park In Patagonia. While it sounds like a long time driving it was broken several times. First to change to a connecting bus after 2 hrs. A couple of hours later we had to take a ferry crossing then another couple hours to the border. The last 4 hours did drag a little but by this time the scenery had impro...

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