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 Justine's Journal

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008


WE DID IT!! It's not really sunk in yet but at about 4pm this afternoon Barry and I pulled our kayaks up the beach at Sumner and completed the circle around the South island.

We had a bit of a worry this morning when we listened to the 7.30am forecast and it said there was a gale warning for our area with 35 knot winds from the SW predicted for the afternoon. We'd previously been told it was due to be NorthWesterly which would be pretty much behind us so we were having a fairly relaxed start ( we waited until it got light before we got up!!). As soon as the words 'gale warning' were spoken, we stepped up a gear and got on the water as soon as possible and started paddling hard south. Fortunately it was still Northwesterly while we were on the water and we surfed south at over 8km/ hour. We made it to Sumner around 3pm but before we could put our feet up, we had to get in through the surf at the Sumner bar - just to make sure we couldn't relax completely until the end! We made it through the right way up, with a few exciting surfs and paddled the last 1km in flat water to where we launched 67 days ago! We were met by Paul Caffyn, who drove for 3 and a half hours from Greymouth specailly so he could spray champagne over us and smear pavalova over our faces, as is becoming the tradition for people who circumnavigate the South island. It was great to see him. Matt MacKenzie was also there to greet us - he'd spotted us through a telescope 10km outside Sumner and took the photos of us coming in. He also had a great array of fresh food to give us which was great, thanks, and we're staying with him now! Ian Smith made it down to give us a beer and a congratulations which was great ( and my head was starting to get light with all the celebrations!!)

We'll both write more tomorrow and post a few photos. For now, we're going to get clean and go out for some food and a few more beers with Matt! Hopefully Paul will send us a couple of his photos that he took when we arrived aswell as we didn't take any!!Oh yeah, and the alarm is definately being turned off tomorrow morning!!


Blogger karel said...

Congratulations to both of you,good thing the nw winds where there.

8:56 am  
Blogger rowlandW said...

Nice one! Look forward to hearing the stories!!

9:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done you two!
i hope that you're both enjoying a well earned rest.
take care,

9:26 am  
Blogger the old folks at home said...

Congratulations!!We're over the moon for you,the only thing now, life will be a little boring without your daily blogs.
Our computer went on the blink yesterday so I've been like a maniac trying to fix it myself, ready for your landing. Anyway I'm quite pleased with myself and here we are at last, congratulations again. You enjoy the rest of your holiday. By the way we hope this isn't an APRIL FOOL message,you really have finished haven't you.
Love from the old folk xx

9:44 am  
Blogger Alex said...

Wahooey! Many many hearty congratulations from myself and family. You were really tanking along, and it must be a great feeling to have accommplished something so enormous. Will miss following your exploits and posting up the blogs, but it's probably as well, some of the witty titles were beginning to get a bit groan worthy :)

Take some time to let it sink in!

9:50 am  
Anonymous Jenni said...

Congratulations!! Well done!! been checking on your progress each day when i'm in work. Ave a great few weeks chilling out n relaxing now.
See you soon
Jenni xx

10:30 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic news!!! Well done to you both. And a new record to boot! Congratulations, I am sure the beer is tasting very good right now.

10:57 am  
Blogger geoff said...

Fabulous effort Justine and Barry. Well done!
Geoff in Tassie

12:21 pm  
Blogger Freya Hoffmeister said...

Congratulations on your double trip! I'm glad the two of you made it safely around. Hope to share experiences soon in Anglesey!

12:32 pm  
Blogger derrick said...

congrats guys!

12:33 pm  
Blogger Hadas said...


12:38 pm  
Anonymous Tom said...

Fantastic stuff - and a really speedy trip round.

Have some good celebrations in Christchurch, and a decent break before you head back to the northern spring.

12:41 pm  
Blogger Ron said...

Well done!! Congrats!

1:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to both - very happy for you; but now I'll miss checking for updates.

Enjoy your down time

s in NS Canada

1:20 pm  
Blogger Michael said...

Congratulations on a great trip and for giving us such a fun blogging experience! While I'm sure you're elated knowing you've done it, the rest of us will miss following your adventures. Would you mind going around once more...? LOL

1:30 pm  
Blogger Tom S said...

Wow - Great job!!!! You have to keep blogging you tourist time for a couple weeks so we can decompress now. How many hours of video did you shoot? There will some fun viewing for you when you're 65 eh?

Cheers Tom Sharp

1:40 pm  
Blogger Garmin Europe said...

Well done to both of you from everyone at Garmin Europe.

A great achievement!

2:31 pm  
Blogger Jim Krawiecki said...

Hurrah! Congratulations both of you, although I don't know what to do when I log on now. I'll miss reading about your adventures.

Party Well, and hope to see you both soon.

Jim K

5:32 pm  
Blogger Axel said...

Looking forward to see you both again and go for a paddle?

6:06 pm  
Blogger Gill and Colin said...

Huge congratulations and well done

7:19 pm  
Blogger Kristen said...

Congrats to you both! It's been a real blast following your journey!

7:23 pm  
Anonymous Jim & Sue said...

Good effort Justine & Barry! Now for North Island???

8:09 pm  
Blogger Francesco said...

Congratulations to Justine and Barry and thank you for giving us the possibility to follow day after day all your great adventure.

11:19 pm  
Blogger Glenn said...

Congrats from Nova Scotia!
We'll miss your reports but anticipate the footage.

2:06 am  
Blogger Jim said...

Congratulations to both!
It is better to leave earlier than rush the whole way.
Great JOB

2:08 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one guys, I look forward to meet you sometime. Babs is off trekking with Belinda right now, but said she would meet you in Ohope at the KASK meet. It was fun to watch you follow up after her and experience the same weather delays etc.
Cheers & beers James.

5:02 am  
Anonymous PaddlerZone said...

Congrats! Its been fun following you online, can't wait to see the footage & photos -
Andy, Dana, Don, Lofty, Gaz, Graeme, Debbie & Fei ( PaddlerZone )

5:20 am  
Blogger Iceland Circumnavigation said...

Congratulations, Barry & Justine!!


1:18 pm  
Blogger Greg Stamer said...

Congratulations! You did it! So what's next? ;^)

Enjoy your time off and have a smooth 'reentry' transitioning back into "normal" life. I look forward to seeing you both in Anglesey!

9:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very many congratulations on such a fantastic achievement.
We have all really enjoyed following your progress and seeing the beautiful photos of New Zealand-hope you have a great time exploring more of the country and sampling some good food and drink!
Thanks also to Alex for posting all the blogs for us to read.
All the very best Barry and Justine from all at the Parkgate Woodpile.

9:45 pm  

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