Author Archives: jb

No, I’m *not* a Jafa….

When you’re out in the provinces on the Proverbial Road Trip (Manawatu, FEIlding’s the most beautiful town in NZ, despite having produced some dodgy characters…), folks recognise an out-of-towner in a flash. We’re good in Nelson – only 40,000 people, … Continue reading

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Makes biking worthwhile…

  Just when the track up Marriages Road towards Pine Hill Road starts becoming a pain in the arse, this mirage appears to the delirious cyclist. A veritable oasis

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Martha, my dear…

Beatles. White album. Can’t help it. Martha Blanche Sidonie… ….works at Red Gallery ….is an illustrator ….comes from Hull (just like Mick Ronson…) ….is currently in Moscow …..is learning how to make ceramics Seems fairly talented……

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The fire

It started on Tuesday about 18km away from some sparks caused by a disc-harrow hitting a stone. Out of control within minutes and that’s still the situation. 2500 people evacuated, only one property lost due to the sparsely populated nature … Continue reading

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Great Taste Trail

The Great Taste Trail is Nelson-Tasman’s contribution to Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. It starts at Nelson airport and runs mostly along he coast to Kaiteriteri and then runs through the Motueka valley and  over the Dovedale Saddle … Continue reading

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Thieving b@#$%^rds…

Avian bottom-feeders….

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Looking over strange terrain

That acronyms into LOST. Which I wasn’t, but it’s nowhere I’ve been on a bike before. This was Woodstock, about 25km in and just before the climb over the Neudorf saddle at around 230m Calves were a bit achy next … Continue reading

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