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New Zealand Bicycle Tour with Sandy Carson January 12 2012

And now here’s part 2 of Sandy Carson’s down under cycling tour adventure (you can catch Part 1 here)… The 2 weeks flew by in Australia and I was already regretting only having a week to enjoy New Zealand’s South Island as I flew in. I’ve always wanted explore NZ and i’m sure it won’t be the last. Need. More. Time. ugh! Flying over the glaciers and making a to do list. Hike, ride, explore, skydive? getting ADD already. This was my route. Fuck. Who was I kidding? There was way I could do half of this on a bike in a week, so o I had to rent a car and stuff my bike in it. That still counts as touring, right? I could squeeze more in and use my bike to explore towns. I flew into Christchurch, which had just been flattened by yet another earthquake tremor. It was pretty devastated had turned into ghost town, dead silent, even the grocery stores weren’t playing music. People thought I was nuts when I said I was flying into there to start my trip, but I didn’t mind. I’m actually used to it and find the beauty in documenting natural disasters in my line of work sometimes ( Paradise Has Relocated by Sandy Carson ). I ended up staying in town for 2 days in the only hostel that wasn’t destroyed, picking up some personal photo work interviewing people and making photographs the disaster. I felt really bad for the city, how do you rebuild knowing that It may strike again at any time? A vitamin store’s shelves shook to the ground.   Wooster disaster shot. Okay this driving isn’t so bad after all. The Mogwai soundtrack was made for this. About 8hrs later going West, I checked into the YHA hostel and got up early to hike the Franz Josef Glacier  despite having not much sleep. Drunk English people snoring. My worst nightmare or both accounts! Ear plugs and single dorms from then on. I’m too old for this shit, need beauty sleep! This glacier is about 7.5 miles long, according to the Wiki page. It’s receding quite and I was eager to hike about on it before it melted, after all, I had my banana skin climbing shoes on and wanted to put them to use. Here’s the Fox Glacier. It’s a bout 20k from the Franz Josef one. Are the mints  named after this? Sadly I had no time to hike around here because I figured it would look better from the sky… I’ve always wanted to go Skydiving  so I figured if I was going to do it, might as well be over a Glacier! I was thinking on the way up that it was worth it just for a close look at the Glaciers. I was probably just blocking out crapping my pants. I felt safe flying tandem with Will Ferrel, he did Elf and Ron Burgundy quotes on the way down. Her’s the video […]

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