Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Day at work and Coronet Peak weekend!

Postcard shots are everywhere you turn here. Rude rock trail

Rude rock trail.

I might be in NZ...but you can still Huck to Flat like it's the BEAST coast!

This is what I do all day. Forks forks and more forks! It's lots of learning.

My Comute to work. Real good fun.
Scrub a dub...Rude Rock. Super fun.

The ride home....hard to keep your eyes on the track with mtns like those!

Sticker from the workbench...thought everyone who's ever done trail work  would appreciate!

The Blueshark office, lots of character!...and bit similar to Chucks....

fox wall of fame

Co-worker and budding videographer Ross Mackay.

Tear 'm appart and make 'em happy!

The rest of my ride to work.

View from the trail to work.....
My riding is improving, I've had a few crashes getting used to the terrain but I'm starting to feel the confidence coming back! Can't wait to get on my TR 450 this weekend!

hint hint....Next Blog post....Diaries Down Under episode with Kelly McGarry and Mike Hopkins!!!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Flight and first few days in NZ!

I left California on Sunday night, and after a 12 long hours we touched down in Aukland, from there I passed through Customs with no issues and hopped on my flight to Queenstown, from there I jumped on a rickety old bus. The driver smashed his way up the side of the mountain, charging through the switchbacks with confidence. 
Queenstown airport

Aukland, Very Dramatic eh?

bad photo but it gives an idea of the scale of the mountains here

welcome to Wanaka!
 Al had a bit of work to finish up before he could swing down to get me so I spent some time just chilling on the beach. Wanaka is really cool town, there's gravel paths everywhere, and they get used  A LOT. Everyone and their grandmother has a mountain bike and uses it to get around on in addition to recreational use!
Lake Wanaka

Al my soon to be Boss had me over for dinner with his family,
quite a view from the dinner table!
I'll work on some riding photos soon, it's a bit hard to snap them of yourself when riding solo!

California Pit Stop on the way to New Zealand

Brian and Ella, my awesome hosts!
I met up with Ella and Brian (some college friends) in Costa Mesa. They were incredible hosts and I had a blast! Shuttle runs on the famous telonix trail, trail riding in San Juan, and A big Laguna classsics ride!

We even went stand up paddle boarding around the harbor!
building up the bike

meet Gus, pretty rad little dude!. Nice hat buddy!

Loading up for an Epic San Juan trip. Brian likes his van too. 

Little walk about the harbor bit. 

Yes Miss, I would like to check 3 bags, yes all to New Zealand please..

Good times Brian and Ella you both rip! So much fun! Thank you!