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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Jennifer And Simon Corbett From Christchurch, New Zealand

"If it would not look too much like showing off, I would tell the reader where New Zealand is." ~ Mark Twain

"When George Bernard Shaw visited New Zealand, a reporter asked him his impression of the place and, after a pause, Shaw is said to have replied: "Altogether too many sheep." ~ George Bernard Shaw 1934

Ok, Simon and Jen didn't bring any sheep with them, but they did talk about them. I must keep this from my Canadian friend, John Fleming, who has this "thing" for sheep and sheep jokes. No, I won't go into the gruesome details. So, onward...away from the sheep thing...

These two touring cyclists from down under are in their early to mid forties and were great fun to meet and host for a couple of nights. When they contacted me about staying with Eileen and me, Jen indicated they would like to spend a rest day in Silver City, their first rest day since they started their trip  in Los Angeles, CA. Jen and Simon are in between jobs at this point, headed back to England for Jen's father's 70th birthday, and to reconnect with family and friends they've missed since immigrating to New Zealand 10 years ago from England. While planning the trip back home, they decided to ride across America. Both have a bit of cycling experience, but not a great deal of touring experience, so taking on this trip across country is a huge leap of faith for them, sort of. They took off from Los Angeles, headed to San Diego, then off on the Adventure Cycling Association's Southern Tier Route to St. Augustine, FL. From there, they'll fly to England, tour a bit in Europe (by car, maybe bike, too), then it's back to New Zealand and job hunting. They have a Facebook page, should you desire to follow them as they ride across the U.S.:

Some photos:
   Simon at the border of New Mexico on their way to beautiful Lordsburg, NM!
    Photos they took as they made their way to Silver City from Lordsburg
    Jen and Simon getting their first view of "The Big Ditch" in Silver City, NM
          Jen and Simon posing for the camera....
    Eileen's arm, Simon, and Jen at our house...
    Eileen, Simon, and a part of our house.
    Simon and Jen cooked dinner on Sunday...Falafels, veggies, couscous...yum!

Now, a couple of very short videos:

Simon and Jen were very friendly, helpful, and enjoyable company for a few nights. We hope they have fun riding across country and find out that Americans are better than the press gives us credit for. The view that people from other countries have of the U.S. is not good and has diminished since the arrival of Trump and Cruz on the political landscape. The damage these two fucking political morons have done for the U.S., Trump and Cruz, should be illegal. I'll stop now before I go on with a rant about these two idiots.

On Monday, Jen and Simon headed up into the mountains to spend a few nights at the Gila Hot Springs and to visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings ( there. It's only 42+ miles, but there is 5000 feet of climbing to do to get there. From the hot springs, they'll continue to head East over Emory Pass and on to Las Cruces, NM, and beyond.

Eileen and I hope to get to New Zealand to visit these folks in their adopted home country. It looks like it's gorgeous there. And to visit Mt. Lyford ( outside of Christchurch, New Zealand, too!

Ok, time to exit this post with a tune. What to use? Let's go with Michael Coleman doing "The Tarbolton Reel/The Longford Collector/The Sailor's Bonnet ( since Eileen didn't play fiddle for these guys while they were with us. Enjoy the tunes and come back sometime to hear Eileen play them live. Happy Trails!!!