Monthly Archives: November 2012

On our way to New Zealand

We are in the air beginning our journey to New Zealand. I wasn’t sure it was all going to come together but somehow, with help from friends and family, we got it together and are on our way.

So far it’s been smooth; checking in to our Southwest flight to LA with four 50 lbs bags and a bike box between us only cost $50. And $5 for wifi.

We’ve been pretty nostalgic about leaving Portland the last few days and don’t know what awaits us in Oamaru but we are both ready for the adventure.

Thanksgiving in Florida

I’ve updated my blog in preparation for our imminent move to New Zealand. The old stuff is over here. However we are not quite out of the country yet and we managed to escape to sunny Florida for Thanksgiving to see a lot of family. This year we skipped the rental car and just rented a tandem bicycle at the local shop. Most of the area is pretty bicycle friendly, flat with some nice rails to trails. Our longest ride was about twenty five miles from Venice to Longboat Key and we encountered some more aggressive Florida drivers and when we got off the busy roads we sometimes encountered blockages that don’t show up on Google maps.

The day before Thanksgiving we had everyone over to our place on Casey Key and served sandwiches that we transported on the tandem, along with beer and other stuff!

Now we are back in Portland and trying to figure out how to take our bikes and other important stuff to New Zealand.