An update from the last few days in NZ (on a VERY SLOW Internet connection…appreciate these picture uploads!!). We left Wanaka and the Snow Farm and headed to the Northern end of the South Island to the metropolis of Nelson! So far the weather and atmosphere in Nelson are great! We had our first ocean swim this week…the last time I was in salt water was in Yokohama!

Here are the photos from the week:

Hanging out with these guys at the Queenstown airport enroute to Nelson.  For those of you who haven’t flown on a domestic NZ flight, it’s heaven!  No security checks, be there 20′ before your flight, great views, pick up your luggage straight off the cart outside the terminal, plus you get a candy before landing!

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The docks in Queenstown

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My personal nightmare….look at all those birds!!

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Touchdown in Nelson…downtown…

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Free range chickens on one of my cycling routes…no chickens out the on this day(mid-day sun too hot), but I saw them running around the day before…they looked happy!

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Makes a long ride worth while when this is your turn around point…

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And this your viewpoint!  Georgeous day!

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And one final picure… I was lucky to be going uphill when this piece of metal got threaded THRU my chain and entangeled in my spokes!  I stopped dead but avoided an endo!

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That’s all from Nelson!  Next adventure to come…Golden Bay/Tata Beach next weekend!!  Hopefully no stranded whales will be there…they tend to like to do that there…if there are, I’ll try my best to save them!

Lisa