Verde Vagabonds In New Zealand Photo Journal
Lord Of The Rings Ain't Got Nothin' On This
Words by Lima / Photos by Andrew Inch Thomson, Matt Priest and John Scott
New Zealand has always been a place i've wanted to visit since i can remember. Myself (Lima), Matt Priest and Andrew 'Inch" Thomson, tried to go last year, but Priest ankle injury was still playing up, so NZ was put on hold for another year. The plan, is there ever a plan?
Verde Vagabonds In New Zealand
Matt Priest, Lima Eltham and Andrew 'Inch' Thomson - More Info
Priest and Inch had worked out how much a car and petrol plus ferry crossing would cost, The Source said they would help us with that. Shout out to them for that. To be fair to Inch and Priest they did a pretty good calculation. We had talked about camping the whole time, and with perfect scenery everywhere, plus being summer it seemed like a pretty good idea. So we bought tents with us and Craig Stevens gave us some camping chairs, so we were set, that's pretty much all you need for 5 weeks on the road. Camping in NZ is really easy, you can pretty much camp wherever, within reason.
"I had a pull out map, so Craig, with help from George Bolter, drew down every spot they knew of onto the map."
Our rough plan was to start in Auckland and drive down to Queenstown, then back up again. When it came to spots to ride, my research was pretty low. I had just looked at all the scenery stuff I wanted to visit. But I had a pull out map, so Craig, with help from George Bolter, drew down every spot they knew of onto the map. That was really handy as it gave us a rough route of sort, to make on the way down, then do the opposite on the way back up. Martyn Tambling our Verde TM in the UK was heading to Queenstown, and Jonny Devine was living there, so when he arrived seemed like a good time for us to arrive. Considering we didn't plan these trips together it all worked out surprisingly well. We almost (minus MJ) had the full UK team together over the other side of the world. With the added characters like Neil Pengilley and Dean Mayo our little holiday within the holiday was awesome.
"This time the journey back would be with a 90º cast on my right arm from having too much fun at the trails."
I can see how people get stuck in the Queenstown bubble, the place really does live up to the hype. But after a week of staying there, I couldn't wait to get back on the road with our crew to explore more of this amazing place. Only this time the journey back would be with a 90º cast on my right arm from having too much fun at the trails. I do enjoy the ease of staying in one place and the routine is nice, but the unknown of where you will camp that night or what you will see, especially in a place like NZ is a million times better.
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