Soon after his 60th birthday in early April, Len “crossed the ditch” with a group of friends to ride the “Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail”, a 301 kilometre journey from Mount Cook in the Southern Alps to Oamaru on the southeast coast. Over a period of six days (thankfully all in fine weather), this motley crew of seven mature aged riders took in the stunning scenery of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau, experienced a spectacular helicopter transfer across the Tasman River and enjoyed the hospitality of several farm stays along the way. The nine section trail is described as ranging in grades from easy to intermediate, offering “…a pleasing mix of on and off road trails…” but it’s definitely not for beginners or the faint hearted. Anyone interested in the bike ride should visit www.alps2ocean.com The final day in Christchurch was spent taking in the earthquake museum, photographing the new building construction and lamenting the sad state of the cathedral which is still in ruins after 5 years. Several court appeals against its demolition have delayed redevelopment. Christchurch will continue to struggle until businesses are encouraged to return to the city after the reconstruction. Based on current evidence and progress (after over 5 years since the quake) , this looks like it could still take a while.