The Train That Never Came…

The deep orange fireball slowly poked out above the calm cerulean ocean lighting the coastal skyline. Soft ripples churned below, splashing against the timber piles of an abandoned wharf and as I stretched...

Along the Dark Sky

Twizel felt homey and quaint like the small rural towns spread along the eastern coast of the North Island. With only one Four Square supermarket in the Town Centre, one hostel, and other small...

Skinny Dippin’ and The Lost Wallet

The morning sky poked up over the lake with a blink of dim light and at 5 AM I found myself inebriated, patting every pant pocket, shuffling through my frayed jacket, and searching frantically...
Hitchhiking to Abandoned Tokomaru Bay

Abandoned Tokomaru Bay

I stood right outside Tologa Bay by the only shoulder in the shade, flexing my thumb as minimal traffic whizzed by along highway 35 around the eastern coast. A black sports car screeched to...
Freight Train Hopping out of Hamilton

Night Rider of the Blue Dusk

Train Hopping Auckland Loud nasally snores echoed from the living room and I tapped Zep to wake him, but he did not budge. He lay there stone cold on the blue suede couch from a...

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