Rā 264 Rāhoroi 23 o Mahuru

So it is 3 weeks to go before the Abel Tasman event that seemed like such a good idea all those months ago! Training was going well til I was sick for nigh on 2 weeks and couldn’t run! Starting to panic now and so I had to try to fit in a long run this weekend. But I also wanted to spend time with Nigel. What to do? Compromise…I went for two 10km runs! The first this morning along the road, up a hill (and back down again), through the pine forest, along the beach and back along the road. Amazing to be up high looking down on the world as it wakens.

This afternoon we both went to Broken Hills – me at my pace and Nigel at his. 4.5km of relentless, steep and very gnarly up and then 5.5km if the same terrain but down! I was rewarded with stunning views though!

So since it was a day of two halves there are two photos.

Rā 363 Rāapa 28 o Hakihea

A great day to get on top of the world. Nigel and I climbed Rua Pane one of the peaks in the Pirongia range.(723m)  Next step will be the summit! Stunning views from on high. Thought of Hugh, Ginny and the boys as I walked. We were 24 hours early for his final leg but knew we wouldn’t get out tomorrow. We’ve never seen these plants before so this is today’s pick. But I’m also including the link to the 360 surround shot I took. 

Day 170 June 18th 2016

Our midwinter weekend away. Family time, time to relax, recharge batteries,  enjoy the fresh air and take in the magnificent scenery.  Love Tongariro because we can get above the tree line and appreciate the big skies and the rugged terrain.  So difficult to choose a photo today because I took so many!   Maybe this one at the end of the day when the sun was setting in the west and casting it’s light on Mount Ruapehu and the moon was rising next to it.


Day 159 June 7th 2016

On the road again… there’s a song in there somewhere!  On my way to sunny Hawkes Bay and Gisborne for CLA PLD days via Wellington. Flying south means flying down the west coast – snow-capped Taranaki to my right and Ruapehu and Tongariro equally majestic robed in white. 
Taranaki is just a blip on the horizon from my lofty stance but impressive.