Wally's earns his nickname !

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
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Trip End Apr 24, 2013


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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sometimes Wally does something to remind everyone why he earned the nickname Tuesday was one of those days.It all started well if a bit chilly and damp with the usual quiet roads ahead of us the temperature dropped to 8c and while the heated handle bar grips were working well there was a distinct draft up the jacket sleeves so we stopped and Wally changed gloves with Jan putting the original gloves over hers.

About 10k up the road and at a speed of at least 120kph (goody two shoes was long gone!) Wally was suddenly being grabbed by Jan.

Thinking this was most unusual a quick check in the mirrors to ensure nothing was behind the brakes were applied in a fashion that didn't quite operate the ABS but a close encounter with the fuel tank occurred!

On enquiring why the sudden passion the message was that Jans new Xmas present iPod mini had decided to escape!

Oh #hit.

The pink cover was quickly found but no obvious sign of the device itself. 30 minutes was spent trawling the side of the road before a very short lived eureka moment.

There it was on the verge but closer inspection revealed not in one piece.

Wally was in the doghouse and Jan in the doldrums!!! Wally hadn't zipped up the tank bag!

Even worse Wally had laid both iPads on top of the inner cover and knew he hadn't put them in completely. Moral learnt!!

Needless to say Tuesday proved to be quite a somber day but we did have a uneventful trip into Queenstown.

Our Motel had fantastic views over the town. Coronet View was clean comfortable great shower,breakfast and super friendly hosts but we didn't really click with the place.

Apparently Queenstown is the most popular tourist resort in New Zealand and while the number of Poms visiting has declined along with our £ the number of Asian visitors has more than made up for it.

Situated on the banks of Lake Wakatipu it attracts youngsters from all over the world to try their hand at everything from Bungy jumping to free fall sky diving, the list is almost endless.

With all the youngsters though there was a refreshing chav free spirit about he place and while there was plenty of partying going on the drunk slobs seemed to be absent. May be this has something to do with the price of alcohol which is pretty high. Even a bottle of local plonk costs at least £10 and a pint costs £8.

To cheer us up we decided to have a good English meal. Jans Butter Chicken had plenty of Anchor Nz butter in it and the Nz lamb was extremely tasty in Wally's Rogon Josh.

But at a price premium of + 35/40% over Yasmin's our usual curry house.

Wednesday morning saw us take a short ride up into the clouds to the ski area on Coronet Peak where MTB riders had taken over from the skiers. We did note though that the more mature riders rode up while the youngsters arranged for transport to the top. The youngsters also came down a whole lot quicker.

Off then to the preserved mining town of Arrowtown which resembled a cross between a typical cowboy town and a UK village all beautifully maintained. Next up was Kawarau Bridge a restored suspension bridge. It was interesting to read the info board especially the fact that this was the first bridge built in Nz where the suspension cable was ordered to the correct length from manufacturers in the UK (rather that cut on site) as it gave it more strength. It didn't say how long it took from order to delivery in 1885.This bridge is more famous though as the home of A J Hackett and the worlds first commercial Bungy Jumping site.

We spent a while watching the lemmings jumping into the water 43m below. It is important to note that Wally didn't really go anywhere near the edge as at this stage Jan would of quite happily negotiated a fee for Wally to attempt a jump with a bonus if the operators failed to attach the bungy!

Having avoided the push we headed back to the Motel where we dropped off the bike and took a ride on the cable car to the top of Bobs Peak which overlooks Queenstown. Wally isn't too keen on this type of transportation but a brave face was applied and with sunglasses on you wouldn't notice the closed eyes. Safely at the top the views of Queenstown and surrounding mountains and lakes was worth it. Also at the top there is a luge track a sort of track for unpowered go karts which was great fun. Wally nearly let Jan win but at the last corner the competitive spirit kicked in!

Wednesday was Wattangi Day in Nz a public holiday and we discovered a ritual that also occurs on Public Holidays in Australia. So grateful should we be to be served on a public holiday in restaurants the bill is loaded by an additional 15/20%.

That alcohol just got a whole load more expensive!

Thursday and the 340km ride North to Fox Glacier the inspiration for a well known sweetie.

The tank bag was fitted correctly and with the promise of a new iPad mini the relations thawed but hopefully not sufficient to melt the glacier which apparently is defying global warming and is actually growing by up to 2m a day.

Our first stop on the West coast was Bruce Bay. Hardly a picture postcard beach but a natural beach full of flotsam none of which appeared to be man made much to our surprise. There were huge piles of white stones placed by visitors who had left messages on them. A indelible pen isn't part of our stores so reluctantly we couldn't contribute.

By now you will know what the riding conditions are like here and we weren't disappointed.We weren't disappointed by the motel chosen this evening the Sunset Motel. New very well designed and equipped with views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

Pity about the cloud covering them though and the plumbing to the shower was obviously fitted by a Pom!Friday and the clouds had shifted giving us a wonderful view of the mountains from our bed but even better the choppers were up.

Next door to our motel was the equivalent to a helicopter service station. Now Wally wasn't really interested in going to see a lump of ice when he could watch helicopters all day but as he felt the doghouse approaching decided to get into gear.
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