Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Day 48: Christchurch to Ashley Gorge

Distance: 57.36 k
Time: 3:36:21
Avg Speed: 15.4 kph
Terrain: Almost Flat
Location: 43 13’ 49.8” S, 172 13’ 36.4” E

We were back on the road today with our bikes and panniers. The road was flat and the sun was out so there were smiles on our faces. We’re trying to follow some predefined tours from a Lonely Planet guide – that’s how we ended up at Ashley Gorge. It’s a very quiet and peaceful place. The park host said over 500 people would be camped here during the Christmas holiday season. I think we’re two of five people tonight.
I had a chance to talk with my sister yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to call her yet and made time before breakfast. She loves following our blog and had a good suggestion. She was hoping we could share more of “how we feel” in the daily journal. I thought it was a good idea because I’ve felt like a broken record describing all of the beautiful scenery here. Don’t worry – it won’t get too touch feely.
My sister’s biggest question was “Is it hard?” My answer is – absolutely. We had no idea what to expect before the trip started. We did our best to prepare and then we knew the rest would be learned on the road. I can’t speak for Chris, but I’ve had some ups and downs. I’ve felt a wide range of emotions from being totally scared to feeling the most peace I’ve ever felt. Most of all, everyday is a challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted this challenge and I don’t regret that Chris and I have taken this opportunity to travel. It’s just that my mental map is still adjusting and I think I wanted it to be adjusted by now. I still don’t think I’ve found a groove yet and I’m really looking forward to that time.
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1 comment:

JennSean said...

I agree with your sister; thank you very much for "sharing" as we all think about you often. From a mapper's point of view I like the day-to-day description just as much b/c I can follow along with the satellite photos. Sort of makes me feel like we are somehow angels on your shoulders. Yup, I just got all mushy.