Old Ned wrote:
One of them moved from Wakefield UK to Wakefield NZ in the north of South Island.
Heh, I am almost moving from Christchurch to Christchurch (well, Bournemouth to Dunedin, but what's a few hundred miles when you're moving to the antipodes?) I have a crazy plan to cycle back. At least three people have done it before me, although it seems to take about 18 months - not sure how I'd fund it.
My partner moved out a couple of months ago and can confirm that it has been sunny nearly every day. She's back in a couple of days (just missing the snow) and we're going out together in July.
I'm planning on doing a lot of bikepacking/bike-camping, using off-road/ routes on a mountain bike. I do have a question about road naming conventions, which seem to be a little different to the UK - what are the differences between sealed, metalled and unmetalled roads? As I understand it:
Sealed = bound
layered compacted aggregate (in the UK would be a metalled road)
Metalled road = loose
layered compacted aggregate i.e. gravel
Unmetalled road = dirt road (?)
Vehicle track = an 'unbuilt' road that has come into existence purely through the action of multiple vehicles...
What are the drivers like? I have heard contradictory stories...