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Hi again from the trail. Saturday I competed in the Xterra Wellington Starlight Run, race number 4 in a series that’s now taken me and my masochistic peers over the searing hills of Red Rocks, into Belmont’s bush, under the towering turbines of West Wind Park, and this weekend, sliding around the muddy tracks of Makara Mountain Bike Park. At 10K, this was the shortest long course of the series. But before… Read More

  I don’t know Tomo but I already don’t like him.  I’m midway through the 18K course at Makara wind farm, race three of XTERRA Wellington’s five-race series. The sun is shining. I’ve just been handed a chocolate fish. But the only feeling that registers comes from a handwritten sign reading “Heartbreak Hill … thank Tomo.” I crane my head skyward and gulp at the line of runners-turned-walkers-turned-zombies shuffling up the steep… Read More

This week marks our one year anniversary in New Zealand. When considering this, a year sounds like nothing. A blur of weeks, of seasons, another champagne toast and clink – it’s over. If we’re lucky – meaning the other driver stays awake – we’ll get 40 more of these on average. Fewer years than sips in this water bottle. Better drink it up. For a man without a memory I vividly recall our first… Read More

We’ve now been in New Zealand for three months, and with the realization that not everything on this blog has to be razzle dazzle, here’s a general update on how our international move is playing out. In a word, good. Ups and downs of course. Given the stunning beauty of this country, it’s hard not to sensationalize everything. JUNGLES MOUNTAINS OCEANS DOLPHINS MEATPIES. But the truth is, we really miss our friends… Read More

That specimen of raw power and masculinity above is a Sachs Besbi and it’s ours! Bought it used a few weeks back from Scooterazzi in Wellington. It stayed at the shop while we sorted the legalities, and she’s finally in our possession. Neither of us had ridden a scooter before, so you can image our delight these past few days. What a turn-on! Especially around those curvy ocean roads. Man. We didn’t… Read More

Settled at last. And what a relief it is! Swans and I have been living out of a suitcase since we sold the house in December. Christmas in the mountains, then shacking up with friends and family, and most recently in a tiny extended stay apartment in Wellington. Today, we signed a one-year lease on a flat in Mount Victoria. Finally, a place to call home. And what a place! Props to… Read More

We made it to Wellington! While that sentence hits home, let me share a recap of our first few days in the wonderful and wild NZ. You might want to grab a sandwich. We arrived Wednesday after a turbo epic 27-hour travel day. RDU > LAX > SYD > WLG. A couple on-demand movies, a few stilted hours of drug-induced sleep and we descended over the deep blue Pacific to the bushy… Read More