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99 reasonsnot tobikenz

Introduction and disclaimer                  p.0

Ch.1 Some of the beauts mate             p.1

Ch.2 Natures Fury

Ch.3 Roadside Treasures

Ch.4 Kiwi mentality

Ch.5 Denumonte a) How to keep peddalling.     b) actual benefits of near death experiences

 

 

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It all started one winters day here in Brampton, Ontario, Canada as I researched for another book I have written "An Incredible Life" about the relatively amazing life I have led. Outside, the winds were howling fiecely and blowing drifts of snow around the small employment centre where I sought information on Wellington College in New Zealand (where I had attended my last year of high school in 1971). I must note here that it is only my generation that has the rare experience of growing up in a non-digital age, then learning of the benefits of being online and reaping the rewards of internet 'surfing'. As I surfed I discovered that after forty years my old high school expects its students to return and celebrate a forty years on gathering. The deep historied and I would suggest rather upper class college even had an ancient song that is sung at these events every year. Just reading the lyrics brought tears to my eyes and I knew that just as surely as lemmings migrate to the sea, I must venture down to the bottom of our planet and join in the singing of that song in October 2012. This inspiration dawned on me in 2005. I had seven years to plan and save. What fun I had, year after year planning, mapping, registering for group activities, etc, etc., etc., all in preperation for my fantastic voyage. In the final year or so before the actual trip, I got a little panicky and worked harder on the details of organizing my trip. I really enjoyed this time though, it was like taking little virtual journeys well in advance of actually being there.

Many of the coincidences of the timing of this trip included a 50th anniverasry of Outward Bound and the 150th anniversary of "The Dunstan Times" my great-great grandfathers newspaper, now running as a website edited occasionally by me (at dunstan-times000.tripod.com)! Then there was the annual Luminate festival which would be on while I was in that area of the NW of the south island of New Zealand. There were manty other fortuitous events that happened in conjunction with my travels such as Christmas in Dunedin with a very benevolent and hospitable archivist for the Otago Boys High School (alma mater of my great grandfather George Cox Fache). This man drove me all around the area for several days so that I might observe some the fantastic beauty I would have never seen otherwise. He did this without any motive other than to showcase the granduer of his region. Thanks again David!

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Ch.1 Some of the beauts mate             p.1

Reason #63: logging trucks.  It often seems like some drivers of these impressive loads (often 3 trailers piled 20 feet high) are approaching the speed of light and on a murderous rampage to kill hapless hippie cyclists….

What? Did you really think that this book would systematically count-down the top 99 reasons in order? What fun would that be? With that system of writing, you could just read the first (or last) paragraph to find the number one reason and thus, your curiosity sated. No, that wouldn’t do! In fact while doing my ride I had a lot of time to contemplate both the title and the style I would employ in my writing.  I became intensely adamant that I would make finding the number one reason why not to bike NZ close to impossible to find.                  ….. Here, early in my writings, I warn my dear readers that I am setting out a reward for anyone who can find and correspond with me what they believe the number one reason is. Those I have told have been sworn to secrecy and they, their families and friends will not qualify for the prize. The number one reason will be in this book, but it will be couched somewhere that will not be easily found. I am doing this deliberately to create another level of interest in my story. I intend it to become a quest for my readers. The number one reason really is a doozy, I assure you. Really worth not only reading about but hopefully exploring for yourself to see if the impetus for this writing is all it’s cracked to. Trust me; I believe you will be suitably impressed.

My thrilling and often incredibly dangerous journey started long before I actually boarded the plane; about seven years before. Researching for another book I wrote (An Incredible Life) I discovered that Wellington College where I had attended in 1971 would be requesting us to attend a “forty years on” reunion. That was the seed that germinated into the idea of returning to the Shangri La of my youth and perhaps the silliest notion of my entire life, to bicycle throughout the south island of New Zealand.

 pic#2958 chch2dun Akaroa

 I had endless hours of fun planning my trip. Luckily we had only recently entered the internet age and thus I was able to explore the options online. I wanted my trip to last as long as possible which NZ Tourism sets at six months maximum.  I realized that I would not be able to afford the costs of travel and accommodation that most people my age used, automobiles and hotels. Nope, I decided that it would be bicycle and hostels that would be the solution to my problem.

 Saving for the trip was a lot tougher than the planning. Years of scrimping and saving in ways that were often both demeaning and demoralizing, definitely putting a wedge into the social aspect of my life. For instance acquaintances would invite me out for a coffee after an evening of shuffleboard or euchre. I would decline the offers as I need to save money. After a while the offers dried up and I found myself feeling lonely. When buying groceries I would buy discounted meat etc to save money. I wouldn’t even buy a newspaper in an effort to bulk up my savings account. In the end I had saved about $8000 which I felt comfortable believing ( at the time) was enough to pay my way travelling around NZ. By the time I actually boarded the plane I had quite a busy iterinary lined up for my time in NZ. Far more than the original idea of attending thw wellington college reunion. I had an invite to a marathon at Outward Bound , the 150th anniversary of The Dunstan Times (my great-great grandfathers newspaper and the title of my website), a 10 day music festival called Luminate, visits to archives of anscestral information I sought to flesh out another book I had compiled “The Fache Files”, revisiting old haunts such as Dunedin and Nelson which held such precious memories for me and to hook up with old friends  from 40 years ago.

This photo was taken during the time of New Zealand’s centennial celebrations in 1940.      A coach and five arrives at Onuku on a wintery looking day.   The coachman could Tom Robinson.    On top of the coach and sitting on the right is Paddy Mc Bride and behind her to the left is her father (John Albert Patrick) Pop. It was definetly an adveture packed itinerary!

 

Akaroa volcano walls 2948chc2dun

3259 Winchester?

70 miles out from chch 3129-3130

3525 my mobile hotel in Oamaru

3577 train station @ Oamaru

Timaru and Oamaru had perhaps the most beautiful gardens I saw in NZ. This is in oamaru

3947 Dunedin train station

Inside Dunedin’s railway station 

Glass and other stuff I see on the road

 

3953 more of the interior of Dunedin’s railway station

3965 Otago University

4061 looking down on Dunedin 

Half way up the tortuous hill to my hostel in Dunedin 3983

99 reasons why not to

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bicycle New Zealand

99 reasons not to bike nz

Introduction and disclaimer                  p.0

Ch.1 Some of the beauts mate             p.1

Ch.2

Ch.3

Ch.4 Kiwi mentality

Ch.5 Denumonte a) ?          b) actual benefits of near death experience

 

 

Introduction and disclaimer                 

It all started one winters day here in Brampton, Ontario, Canada as I researched for another book I have written "An Incredible Life" about the relatively amazing life I have led. Outside the winds were howling fiecely and blowing drifts of snow outside the small employment centre where I sought information on Wellington College in New Zealand (where I had attended my last year of high school in 1971).I must note here that it is only my generation that has the rare experience of growing up in a non-digital age, then learning of the benefits of being online and reaping the rewards of internet 'surfing'. As I surfed I discovered that after forty years my old high school expects its students to return and celebrate a forty years on gathering. The deep historied and I would suggest rather upper class college even had an ancient song that is sung at these events every year. Just reading the lyrics brought tears to my eyes and I knew that just as surely as lemmings migrate to the sea, I must venture down to the bottom of our planet and join in the singing of that song in October 2012. This inspiration dawned on me in 2005. I had seven years to plan and save. What fun I had for year after year planning, mapping, registering in group activities, etc, etc., etc., all in preperation. In the last year or so before the actual trip, I got a little panicky and worked harder on the details of organizing my trip. I really enjoyed this time though, it was like taking little virtual journeys well in advance.

Many of the coincidences of timing of this trip included a 50th anniverasry of Outward Bound, the 150th anniversary of "The Dunstan Times" my great-great grandfathers newspaper now running as a website by me (at dunstan-times000.tripod.com) and the annual Luminate festival which would be on while I was in that area of the NW of the south island of New Zealand. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4652146400362837&pid=1.7&w=176&h=147&c=7&rs=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fdir.coolclips.com%2fSports%2fRecreational_Sports%2fCycling%2fCyclists%2fCartoon_bicycle_rider_cart0280.html

 

Ch.1 Some of the beauts mate             p.1

Reason #63: logging trucks.  It often seems like some drivers of these impressive loads (often 3 trailers piled 20 feet high) are approaching the speed of light and on a murderous rampage to kill hapless hippie cyclists….

What? Did you really think that this book would systematically count-down the top 99 reasons in order? What fun would that be? With that system of writing, you could just read the first (or last) paragraph to find the number one reason and thus, your curiosity sated. No, that wouldn’t do! In fact while doing my ride I had a lot of time to contemplate both the title and the style I would employ in my writing.  I became intensely adamant that I would make finding the number one reason why not to bike NZ close to impossible to find.                  ….. Here, early in my writings, I warn my dear readers that I am setting out a reward for anyone who can find and correspond with me what they believe the number one reason is. Those I have told have been sworn to secrecy and they, their families and friends will not qualify for the prize. The number one reason will be in this book, but it will be couched somewhere that will not be easily found. I am doing this deliberately to create another level of interest in my story. I intend it to become a quest for my readers. The number one reason really is a doozy, I assure you. Really worth not only reading about but hopefully exploring for yourself to see if the impetus for this writing is all it’s cracked to. Trust me; I believe you will be suitably impressed.

My thrilling and often incredibly dangerous journey started long before I actually boarded the plane; about seven years before. Researching for another book I wrote (An Incredible Life) I discovered that Wellington College where I had attended in 1971 would be requesting us to attend a “forty years on” reunion. That was the seed that germinated into the idea of returning to the Shangri La of my youth and perhaps the silliest notion of my entire life, to bicycle throughout the south island of New Zealand.

                                                                      http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4861087974951343&pid=1.7&w=229&h=138&c=7&rs=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fbicycling.about.com%2fod%2fthebikelife%2ftp%2fbest_bike_quotes.htm

  pic#2958 chch2dun Akaroa

 I had endless hours of fun planning my trip. Luckily we had only recently entered the internet age and thus I was able to explore the options online. I wanted my trip to last as long as possible which NZ Tourism sets at six months maximum.  I realized that I would not be able to afford the costs of travel and accommodation that most people my age used, automobiles and hotels. Nope, I decided that it would be bicycle and hostels that would be the solution to my problem.

 Saving for the trip was a lot tougher than the planning. Years of scrimping and saving in ways that were often both demeaning and demoralizing, definitely putting a wedge into the social aspect of my life. For instance acquaintances would invite me out for a coffee after an evening of shuffleboard or euchre. I would decline the offers as I need to save money. After a while the offers dried up and I found myself feeling lonely. When buying groceries I would buy discounted meat etc to save money. I wouldn’t even buy a newspaper in an effort to bulk up my savings account. In the end I had saved about $8000 which I felt comfortable believing ( at the time) was enough to pay my way travelling around NZ. By the time I actually boarded the plane I had quite a busy iterinary lined up for my time in NZ. Far more than the original idea of attending thw wellington college reunion. I had an invite to a marathon at Outward Bound , the 150th anniversary of The Dunstan Times (my great-great grandfathers newspaper and the title of my website), a 10 day music festival called Luminate, visits to archives of anscestral information I sought to flesh out another book I had compiled “The Fache Files”, revisiting old haunts such as Dunedin and Nelson which held such precious memories for me and to hook up with old friends  from 40 years ago.

           

            http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4854877423142560&pid=1.7&w=212&h=153&c=7&rs=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.3d-custom.de%2f3d-custom.de%2fhome%2f43FE6C10-F65E-4D1D-963B-5112FB72B5FE.html

This photo was taken during the time of New Zealand’s centennial celebrations in 1940.      A coach and five arrives at Onuku on a wintery looking day.   The coachman could Tom Robinson.    On top of the coach and sitting on the right is Paddy Mc Bride and behind her to the left is her father (John Albert Patrick) Pop.

It was definetly an adveture packed itinerary!

http://www.freewebs.com/womenwithbicycles/bike%20cartoon%201.jpg

Akaroa volcano walls 2948chc2dun

3259 Winchester?

 

70 miles out from chch 3129-3130

3525 my mobile hotel in Oamaru   

http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4968419136504410&pid=1.7&w=138&h=145&c=7&rs=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.toonpool.com%2fcartoons%2fbike%2520park_55000http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4566478992180852&pid=1.7&w=202&h=150&c=7&rs=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.made-in-china.com%2fshowroom%2fchitaibicycle%2fproduct-detailUqYJFTRVHvrC%2fChina-Cartoon-Children-Bicycle-CT-BMX-245-.html

3577 train station @ Oamaru

 Timaru and Oamaru had perhaps the most beautiful gardens I saw in NZ. This is in oamaru

 

Possibly the single most deadly stretch of road, compiling multiple sources of danger was the Clyde – Cromwell corridor. It is a stretch of road about 30km.. There are no sideroads or amenities along the way. Apart from fairly aggressive elevation changes ( which in itself could be a reason) and having frequent gale force winds and having a spartan amount of space for bicyclists, it’s the unguarded cliff edges that win this gold rush gorge #2 on my reasons not to bicycle New Zealand. The day I left from Cromwell was an almost last minute decision. I had been resting up doing laundry, enjoying the town when I heard that the weather would change to possible snow. I knew that I needed to head out in advance. The trip only lasted about 4hours with rest stops etc. but I was getting these gusts of heavy winds. At the monument to the initial gold strike the wind was so fierce it literally moved you just standing still. It was horrific. What is odd is that the next day when returning to Cromwell the winds were exactly the same but coming from the opposite direction! Travelling west to Cromwell was actually the worst ride as these darn Kiwis drive on the wrong side of the road and that was the side that the gorge was on. Some spots of the road were like a foot away from a six hundred foot drop. I could have gone over and no-one would know. I later heard of a missing Brampton guy never found outback in Australia and felt fortunate with the chills that it could have easily have been me, in many other spots besides the Clyde- Cromwell  line where I came very close to disappearing off the face of the earth

 

 

3947 Dunedin train station

Inside Dunedin’s railway station

 

 

3953 more of the interior of Dunedin’s railway station

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3965 Otago University

4061 looking down on Dunedin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half way up the tortuous hill to my hostel in Dunedin 3983

 

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