Sunday, June 12, 2016

Oregon Bike Tour 2016

On Memorial Weekend, nine of us left California for an 8-day vehicle supported bike tour in western Oregon beginning in Sutherlin, just north of Roseburg, with a counter clockwise loop north around Eugene, to the coast from Newport to Winchester Bay, and back to Sutherlin. Many thanks to Stew who organized this trip which included vehicle support, bike transport, hotels, route maps, and all the essential road food and water. The route was outstanding, along mostly rural and quiet countryside roads, and the group was fun, congenial, positive and all enthusiastic riders. Below are few favorite pictures. Uses the link below, bottom lower right, to see the all the pictures in Picasa. Cheers.

From Oregon Bike Tour 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fiji

After Auckland, we flew to Fiji staying at the Sofitel Resort and Spa in Port Denarau near the city of Nadi for three nights before heading home. After 26 active days, Kay and I decided to spend most of our time poolside, especially since it was too hot and humid to do much else. My only outing was a thirty minute boat trip to a snorkeling spot out on the coral reef breakers. Overall, our entire tour gave us a wonderful quick overview of Australia and New Zealand. If there's ever a future trip back, it would be on our own so that we could explore in more depth and at a slower pace. Below are some pictures from Fiji.


Our ocean front


The resort had a grand pool.





The only way to beat the heat is in the polo








Nights are a great time to sit out by the beach listening to the waves and feeling the breeze.


Port Denarau


How hot and humid was it? Condensation on my lens below.





The gang in Fiji



Sunday, March 13, 2016

Auckland

We only had two nights in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, so we had to make the most of it. Although very metropolitan, I liked Auckland due to its smaller size, about one and half million people, hilly terrain and great active waterfront. Like other major cities we've visited on this tour, there is a strong Asian presence which means lots of Asian cuisine.


Robert, Glen, and Barbara bounce down the hillside inside an "ogle"


For "Lord of the Ring" fans, North Island is the land of the Hobbits where fans can visit the shire


Approaching Auckland along the harbor


Visiting the Auckland's Sky Deck, tallest in the Southern Hemisphere.


From the Sky Deck





The Sky Deck Tower is a great landmark when walking the city. You always know where you are.


Ferry Building and Terminal


Auckland at night














We hired a tandem on our free day and rode the northern suburbs across the harbor








City view from harbor


City view from Devonport






Rotorua

Flying from the South Island to Rotorua on the North Island along the Southern Alps. Two pictures from our turbo propeller airplane.





New Zealand's volcanic origins was clearly visible during our visit of the Whakarewarewa Maori village.


A guided tour of the living Maori village.


Dinner is ready by the time they get home for the day





Bathing pools; way too hot for me


Around the village





Carving illustrates the standard greeting of the Maori people


Looks like Yellowstone


Visiting a Kiwi park where are they trying to save the Kiwi bird. Eggs are removed from the wild, away from predators, and hatched in the safety of the sanctuary. When the chicks have grown in size enough to protect themselves, they are returned. Note the size of the egg.


Lake Rotorua near our hotel smells of sulphur


Dinner with the Maori


The greeting: are you a friend or foe