Farewell Nelson

Well the end of another chapter has arrived. Covid put an end to the Nevs being nomadic, however that is about to change. This is the longest we have been in one spot since 2003 and who would have thought we would end up being in Nelson living in the most awesome tiny house for 3 1/2 years.

Work is done and dusted for now and farewell Nelson………but we will be back.

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The Nevs surviving lockdown

Wow what a week for everyone around the world.

The Nomadic Nevs being forced to stay home. Our flight to Sydney scheduled today of course a no go as we hunker down with the rest of NZ in our bubble.

Instead this is what our day looked like today.  A great ride with Betty and Nancy.

Tomorrow Andy is back to work as an essential service and we roll through another day during these crazy times. Thinking of you all wherever you are.

Living the dream in Mapua

24 hour mini break to Mapua. So spoilt to have this lovely spot only a 34km ride away. The perfect getaway.

Betty and Nancy having a rest half way
Chilling out
Loving the peace and quiet
Rabbit Island
Nancy waiting patiently for the ferry to Mapua
All refreshed
Beer O’Clock at Jellyfish
Loving summer
Good morning Mapua
Time to get the ferry back to Rabbit Island

Back through Rabbit Island
Just like that back at Raglan in Tahunanui

Happy Anniversary to us

Well what better way to spend our 21st Wedding Anniversary than taking Betty and Nancy on an epic ride.

42km Coppermine saddle trail, rough going on a steel bike as so rocky, but blazed past some dude on his flash carbon full suspension bike! That gave Betty and Nancy a buzz!

Departing home first thing

After just under 2hours of climbing we made it to the 3rd house

Then it got cold, super cold!

Hiding in the fog and drizzle we made it to the saddle. But too cold to hang around

Nancy having a rest waiting on Betty. No speed records broken for Betty on the descent!

There she is!! Great day out.

Now what are the odds of having two lovely ladies come into work earlier in the week and their names were Betty & Nancy! They couldn’t believe our bikes were called B & N.

Happy 21st Anniversary. Was a dreary cold day like this in Christchurch 21years ago.

Where has that time gone! What a fun 21 years full of adventures. We are so lucky to have hit the jackpot! Bring on the next 21!

Ride done and dusted and almost time to crack open the bubbles!

Betty & Nancy hanging in paradise

Nelson – Mapua return

Starting to feel like summer is just around the corner, so let the summer fun begin and enjoy what’s on our doorstep.

66+km is a long way to pedal for hot chips but oh so worth it.

Betty hanging in Mapua

Feeling like summer not spring

A little puffed out and head wind on the home straight.

Home for a freshen up, back on B & N and time for a well deserved pint at Styx with friends. 23deg roll on summer

Turning 50 & Loving life

What an absolutely magical part of NZ. We have had the best multi-day celebration here at Millbrook……….

Queenstown. First time back in over 11 years and what a circus.

Taking in his last day at 49!

Fergs Pie!

Crafties in Queenstown

Oh my goodness Millbrook is AMAZING.

Birthday treats from the staff

No golf for us at Millbrook but hiring bikes for sure.

Smithies at Millbrook is awesome. Crafties by the fire with incredible scenery.

Birthday boy says let’s go riding. Hired some bikes and time to hit the trails.

Feeling alive!

First stop Gibbston

Love cycling rewards

Last stop Waitiri Cargo Brewery. Was so windy it blew the froth off my beer.

Cheers to the best day celebrating 50 awesome years.

Day 2 – Lake Hayes Loop

Cool and wind blown!

Finishing the ride back in the picturesque Arrowtown.

What an amazing few days celebrating down here. Thanks for turning on the weather and giving us the best memories.

Second home here we come

Well we have done our best gutsing out the Nelson winter but time to head back to Asia and get some warmth to recharge the solar panels.

Leaving Betty and Nancy behind but we will see them in 5 weeks where we look forward to plenty of spring and summer adventures in NZ.

Was well worth hanging around for winter to celebrate Dads 70th with the family in Waikanae last weekend.

Now time to get the show on the road and swap the beannie for a bikini! Keep warm everyone. Farewell from Auckland airport.

Oh so pretty but oh so cold!

Making the most of winter back in Nelson. Betty and Nancy loving some frosty riding on the Great Taste Trail.

Yep that is a jolly good frost and an icey driveway. Feeling like a tele tubby with my layers on.

Rabbit Island looking stunning

Mapua a postcard in winter or summer

Winter paradise

Sneaky drinkie in Mapua. Got to love Rimu Grove wine bar

Cheers folks wherever you are

Betty and Nancy waiting patiently for us. They seem to spend half their life waiting for us while we refuel!

The Wild Wild West

Second time riding this great West Coast Wilderness Trail and it was awesome. This time was with the bosses doing homework for work and what a blast we had. A handful of pics from the past few days.

Day 1 Ross to Hokitika 33km

Arrival into Hoki

Day 2 Hokitika to Lake Kaniere 24km

West coast scenic waterways cruise. Well worth it

Arrival into Lake Kaniere

Great stay with Grant at Lake Kaniere. A true coaster.Lake Kaniere to Kumara 52kmArrival into the beautiful Kumara and staying at the Miners Cottages at the Theatre Royal.Then the final day from Kumara to Greymouth 29km