Jan 21, 2012

Distance today = 28.47 km; Total distance = 1081.95 km; Location = Picton Ferry Terminal –  41 17.192′ S, 174 00.204′ E; Start time = 0802, Finish time = 1147


I am writing today’s blog from the Interislander ferry as we cruise down Queen Charlotte Sound on our way across the Cook Strait to Wellington on the North Island. For those not aware, Wellington is the capital of New Zealand.

I had a slightly earlier start this morning, to ensure I made it to the ferry terminal before midday. I was able to run right up to where the cars drive on to the ferries.

The landscape between Blenheim and Picton is as spectacular as any in NZ, and looks a lot like parts of British Columbia in Canada, including some completely bare hillsides from logging. This is one of the less fortunate similarities, but at least there is good evidence of replanting and new growth.

I would very much like to thank Interislander Ferries for providing our transport between the islands. These Kiwis never cease to amaze us. I am even able to watch the Tour Down Under on the TV while writing the blog via free Wifi. What more could a tired runner want?