Internet access is more limited as we get closer to Christchurch (chch).
I wrote a whole blog on my phone but can’t connect to publish, so here’s just a snippet.
Wednesday: Took ferry to picton, rode bikes to Blenheim, stayed with young fam via warmshowers.
Thursday: Rode 70km to beach in Kerakinga? I don’t remember the name, but i don’t know where we are most of the time anyways. Wonderful beach. committed to going to ChCh, as we are on the east coast instead of west coast.
Friday: Decided to make a ChCh relief fund and collect money as we go. Rode 60km to Kaikoura, where it was PO URING. stayed in a backpacker’s hostel, and got a few donations! Also set up a paypal account, so if you would like to donate, you can send money via paypal to ChChQuakeFund@gmail.com 100% of proceeds go to supplies and food for victims.
The mood of the trip has changed a lot since we first started… as we get closer to ChCh it gets more somber. I have mixed feelings, but will write more at another time. Part of me wants to help and sees this as an opportunity since I have no agenda other than to ride around here, but another part of me doesn’t know how I will be able to help or what difference it will make. But, unless the roads are closed we will be heading South.