Cycling The Globe

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Day 857: Lake Moeraki – Fox Glacier

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Feb - 11 - 2013

Distance: 87.42 km
Ridetime: 3:54:58
Average: 22.3 km/h
Max speed: 57.3 km/h
Total distance: 18911 km

I’m now cycling the rugged West Coast, one of the more remote areas of New Zealand. There is certainly a long way between the townships here, and the road seems to be going either up or down all the time. It’s great cycling!

In the afternoon I arrived at Fox Glacier. The glacier itself is located 6 km from the township, and I went to have a look first. The most fascinating thing for me about Fox Glacier was the fact that I was cycling in dense rain forest right up to the beginning of the glacier; one moment you might think you are in the Amazonas, the next you are looking at ice.

When I reached Fox Glacier village I decided to pay for a hostel bed. The West Coast (also called the wet coast) receives 5000 mm of rain annually, and I had seen in the forecast that it would be raining during the night and morning.

In my hostel room I met Lloyd, Tom and Molly from Perth in Australia. A coincidence as Perth is the place I plan to go after New Zealand to look for more work.

Categories: New Zealand
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