Merry Christmas!

I made it to North Island! Apologies to have left you hanging after my first day on the Alps 2 Ocean, but I’ve had a terribly busy few weeks since that last post. I started with a quick side trip to beautiful Fiordland, then free-wheeled down the far side of the Crown Range (having availed myself of a lift to the top of the quite ridiculously steep pass from the lovely Adin at Arrowtown Bike Hire) and through the dramatically-named Gates of Haast to the West Coast. As I pedalled (mostly very slowly) north to Karamea, the West Coast’s customary rain gave way to blazing sunshine, which then subsided into rain again, and I eventually arrived – damp, weak-kneed and out of breath – at the Picton ferry terminal a few days ago, catching my boat to Wellington with just minutes to spare after riding 1,500km.

It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Wellington, and I’m afraid I’d rather be outdoors than inside editing my photos, so I’m taking the easy way out: Behold! A selection of my favourite photos from the last year. If you’re aching for something to read, then please visit the Timeless Travels website, where an article of mine, about thangka-painting monks, has just been published. And if you’re in need of any last minute Christmas presents*, why not buy Little Yak calendars for your nearest and dearest?

Thank you all for visiting and supporting Little Yak in the past year. It’s been an exciting and a busy one, and this website has been much neglected as a result, but your comments and emails and feedback have been very much appreciated – thank you!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2015; here’s to a brilliant, shiny new year!

J x

* Please note that these will be very last minute, as they won’t reach you until mid-January, but better late than never, I say…

Soundtrack: Maori Christmas by Billy T. James

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