Ok 7 mins on the computer here goes:

So far NZ is beautiful! CHristchurch has lots and lots of bike shops and bicycle lanes everywhere - it is really impressive. Lots of people on all sorts of bikes around going about daily stuff as well as some pretty hardcore road cyclists around.

Today we went for a practice ride out to Lyttleton (we thought 10km) which turned out to be more like 40km the way you can actually go by bike. It also involved some wrong turns (will ask locals from now on) and some extremely large hills that turned out to be a popular training ride from the city for roadies. Adjusting to heavier touring bikes up the big hills you are used to doing on a road bike takes some time and I wondered what I had got myself into up the second one but spectacular views and downhills were a worthy reward. I am now super excited about the trip that we will start properly tomorrow. We seem to have a massive tail wind to look forward too!

Anyway - NZ so far:

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Comment by Susan on March 8, 2010 at 7:42am
Have a fantastic time, am so jealous!
Comment by Neil Alexander on March 8, 2010 at 8:03am
Do you have the latest guidebook or the N/A guidebook?
Comment by naomi on March 12, 2010 at 4:53pm
We are using the very very awesome 'Pedaller's Paradise' - all the cycle tourists here have it it seems. You really couldn't ask for more relevance from a cycle guide!


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