Day Forty Nine: Sign of the Kiwi walk

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While I knew there was no way in heck I was going to even think about doing a lot of walking today, I did realize that it would do me good to get out and about eventually. After a s-l-o-w …

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Day Forty Eight: The Record Buster!

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I’m proud to say that today I broke my step-count record, which was set in Wellington on Day Ten. This time I topped it by a couple thousand steps, so I don’t think I’ll be breaking that record for a …

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Day Forty Seven: Walking Christchurch and more busking

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Another January Birthday back in the United States, and this one is a double: Happy Happy Happy Birthday to twins Ken and Mike Medrano, January 23rd. Today I did something that I almost immediately regretted: I went to a VERY …

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Day Forty Six: New Brighton and Pier

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It’s time to explore a bit of the neighborhoods, suburbs, and sights in and around Christchurch. Today’s destination: New Brighton Pier. Before I got that far, I got to have a morning visit with my new four-legged friend. She’s still …

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Day Forty Five: Island Hopping…again!!

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This was it– My last day on the north island! Which started WAY too early due to my typical oversleep-and-miss-the-alarm-and-flight anxiety, meaning that I was pretty much awake shortly after 1 in the morning and I didn’t manage to go …

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Day Forty Four: Karangahake Gorge revisited!

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Before I officially start my post for today, let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to four people who are important to me: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert “Bob” Starkey, Lucie Hecht and Peter Eldredge!! Best wishes for a marvelous day …

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Day Forty Three: Kauri Forest to the “Mountain of Love”

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On the road again!! I’m headed over to Te Aroha which is near a place I wanted to spend a bit more time in before I leave the north island on Wednesday– Karangahake Gorge. And wouldn’t you know it, just …

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Day Forty Two: Trounson Kauri Park

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My stay at Top 10 Holiday Park was two nights, so the morning after seeing Tane Mahuta I found myself with nothing in particular to do. I spent the morning catching up the blog and enjoying a leisurely cup of …

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Day Forty One: Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest

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I took a quickish walk around Orewa in the morning to check out the shops (nothing I needed), picked up a box to pack up to mail home, and had another another cuppa before getting on the road to head …

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Days Thirty Nine and Forty: Wrapping it up and Starting Over Again

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Whitianga is up on the right-hand side of the Coromandel Peninsula and is reached by driving a long, curvy road. Perhaps a bit too long on the day we did it. We were all at the point of wondering “Are …

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