Yep, it’s been a few days, and I still owe you another Antarctic post, but that’ll come soon. Things are busy for a guy getting back into the country and starting school at the same time.
The next morning I left Queenstown and Jamin to fly back to Antarctica. His company was much appreciated. The road south was quite fun, and I put on the music player which put a big grin on my face. It was a windy road that swept alongside a lake shore for many miles. There is nothing like feeling completely in tune with your machine, your surroundings, and yourself. It was a great ride and maybe the best of the entire trip. It was so good I didn’t take any pictures for most of the day.
I pulled in to Te Anau sometime after noon, and after eating at a subway pulled into a camera shop to replace the one that got wet a couple of days back. The new camera isn’t pleasing to use but takes great pictures. I prefer one with more options. Anyway, it was a good thing that day since one of the cameras wasn’t working, and it took the battery with it. My spare camera and battery were running low. That’s not the end of the story, but for now it will be enough.
The camera salesman told me Milford sound was spectacular, but the ride up there would be even better. I wasn’t so sure but looked forward to seeing the sights. It turned out he was right. Just like several other places I’d been the road followed a lake in a valley surrounded by mountains. This place keeps getting better! Now there was time for pictures! (and even a nap in the summer sun)
Actually, this valley completely engrossed me. It was just too beautiful. Tall grass covered a floor carved out who knows how long ago by glaciers. On either side was a mountain face, and following the road either way showed the extent of this valley.
The road plowed on, and every time I stopped it was nicer than the last. This really was the prettiest part of the prettiest country on earth. Believe me it wasn’t missed on my part. I took a lot of photos.
Around every curve was another fantastic overlook and sight worth seeing. As you can imagine the trip took a lot longer than planned stopping that often, but it was worth it. As geologist in training these features were remarkable to me. It was so obviously formed by glaciers. Can you imagine ice that could form this?
And everywhere you looked (not unlike sheep further north) there were waterfalls flowing over the rims of these mountains. And they say after a rain there are thousands of them.
For a while I was detained at a tunnel that separated the fjords from the mainland. It took a while, but there was no complaint on my part. The sun was shining, and that always spells a good time on a motorcycle; add to that good scenery and you’re golden. Milford sound was not far now. I just another corner and…
And it only got better. This place was the real deal. I took lots of pictures the first day and the second even better ones. I’ll just go into a couple for now. Expect the others from the cruise through the fjord soon.
I’ll come back soon with more pictures. Thankfully the weather cooperated. I hear it can rain as much as 22feet per year there!!!