Monday, 27 August 2012

I would never have believed it...

This morning we set off from San Luis Obispo on the last day of this stage of the journey to Patagonia.
We have arrived safely in the City of Angels.

This has been an extraordinary 60 days in my life. Without Dick's loving encouragement I would not have begun this journey. He has exceptional planning and riding skills and always focuses on the important things.

I have learned many things during our weeks in the wilderness and in the desert. It has been an inward journey as well as an outward journey. Our own Outward Bound experience.

The highlight has been the people I have met on the way. Every little conversation is an essential part of this journey. The deep personal sharing has been a blessing.

We are taking a 2 week break to go back to New Zealand. We will be on the road again on 10 September.

Day 60 begins

Fueling up

Arriving at our hotel on Santa Monica Boulevard ... on the original Route 66.

Along the way...


Market gardens in Guadalupe

Santa Barbara


Many motorbikes at Malibu

NASA Space Endeavour Camp. This reminded us of our special friends, Jim and Bernie in Florida, who hosted us to Space Shuttle STS 131 launch 5April, 2010

And Vandenberg where the Polar Orbits are launched.

Smart red cars

The deputy sheriff having a serious chat.

Lots of traffic

Beverley hills

A well known address.

60 days on the road...

We rode out of Vancouver 28 June 2012.
We rode into Los Angeles 26 August 2012

The decal with bold NZ on the white background brought us many a welcome wave. Perhaps it would do for the NZ flag. It was certainly recognised by most people.

The Provinces we visited in Canada
British Columbia
The Yukon

UNESCO world heritage sites in Canada
Head-Bashed-in-Buffalo-Jump World Heritage Site
Canadian Rocky Mountain World Heritage Site
Jasper National Park, (Columbia
We visited 4 National Parks in Canada
Banff National Park
Jasper National Park
Kootenay National Park
Kluane National Park

We visited 10 States in the USA
New Mexico
We visited 17 National Parks in the USA. It was wonderful to be able to ride through the parks and to walk on well-planned walk ways with excellent interpretation materials on display. We knew we could go on many different hikes as we have done in New Zealand. Access is available to everyone whatever their mobility. The $80 annual pass which covered both bikes was excellent value. The entry funds collected are put to good use in facilities, roading and service.
Knowledgeable National Parks Volunteers were a great source of local information.

We visited
Denali, Alaska
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, Montana
Yellowstone, Wyoming
Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Craters of the Moon, Idaho
Dinosaur Monument, Colorado
Rocky Mountain, Colorado
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Monument Valley, Arizona
The Arches,Utah
Canyonlands, Utah
Capitol Reef, Utah
Bryce Canyon,Utah
Zion, Utah
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Death Valley,California
Yosemite, California
Four Corners Monument (Where four states meet, Navajo)

UNESCO World Heritage sites in the USA
Mesa Verde
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
Yosemite National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Total distance 18,503 km, (13,600miles)
Our average daily distance was 370 km/day, (231miles/day)
Of 60 days we rode for 50 days had 10 rest days:-
Dawson City
Salt Lake City
Las Vegas
We stayed in 44 places.
The approximate distances (km)
4141km Vancouver to Deadhorse(Prudhoe Bay), via Lilloet, Dease Lake, Prince George, Stewart, Nugget City, Beaver Creek, Fairbanks, Wiseman.
796 Deadhorse to Fairbanks via Wiseman
577 Fairbanks to anchorage via Denali
512 Anchorage to Tok via Glenn Highway
301 Tok to Dawson city
531 Dawson to Faro
425 Faro to Watson lake
525 Watson lake to fort Nelson
530 Fort Nelson to Chetwynd
310 Chetwynd to Prince George
379 Prince George to Jasper
386Jasper to Radium Hot Springs via lake Louise. Cumulative 9443km
287 Radium Hot Springs to Kananaskis
230 to Calgary via Turner Valley and Bragg Creek
269 Calgary to Babb, Montana
383 Babb to Lincoln
507 Lincoln to Red Lodge
179 Red Lodge to Cody over Bear Tooth Pass
445 Cody to Jackson, Wyoming via Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
377 Jackson, Wyoming to Hailey, Idaho
321Hailey to Boise Idaho
428 Boise to Elko, Nevada
548 Elko to Craig
442Craig to Denver
455 Denver to Delta
282 Delta to Cortez
532 Cortez to Moab
354 Moab toTorrey
562 Torrey to Kaibab Lodge
479 Kaibab lodge to Las Vegas
541 las Vegas to Bishop
373 Bishop to Mariposa via redwoods
304 Mariposa to Monterey
221 Monterey to San Luis Obispo
380 San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles
We camped at
Dease Lake
Denali National Park
Fort Nelson
Red lodge

Location:Santa Monica, Los Angeles 380km, total 18,503km

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Harvest festival on the plains of California.

As we rode from Mariposa through the San Joaquin Valley and over the Coastal Sierras many scenes reminded me of Marlborough.
Sun dried golden hills reminded me of the Wither hills in summer. Vast areas of grape vines lucerne crops, apple and cherry orchards.

Tomatoes, garlic, salad greens, onions and corn we being harvested. Huge articulated trucks laden with tomatoes, garlic, and cartons of celery sticks roared up the highway.

Great use is made of storing the snow melt in lakes and using it for irrigation.

As a farmer's daughter I was especially interested to see the variety of crops being grown, the huge acreages and the cattle on what seemed to be very dry land.
The background photograph on this blog is of the hills of 'Oakleigh Farm' where I was raised - along with crops, sheep and cattle - in Havelock, Marlborough.

I played this traditional harvest hymn at Harvest Festival when I was the teenaged organist at St Peter's Anglican Church in Havelock.

We plough the fields and scatter
The good seed on the land,

But it is fed and watered
By God’s almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter,

The warmth to swell the grain,

The breezes and the sunshine,

And soft refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love.
He only is the maker of all things near and far;

He paints the wayside flower,

He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey Him, by Him the birds are fed;

Much more to us, His children, He gives our daily bread.
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love
Author Matthias Claudius 1782 Trans. J M Campbell.

Oh what a beautiful mornin'

There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,

The corn is as high as an elephant's eye,
An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky.

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.
All the cattle are standing like statues,
All the cattle are standing like statues,

They don't turn their heads as they see me ride by.
But a little brown mav'rick is winking her eye.

All the sounds of the earth are like music,
All the sounds of the earth are like music,
The breeze is so busy it don't miss a tree,

And an ol' Weepin' Willer is laughin' at me.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein