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April 19, 2020

But Safe & Sound?

In February 2018 I did my first ever bike packing trip around the Coromandel peninsula, over Auckland Anniversary weekend.  I really enjoyed my first experience, but when I found out the chap who organised it had cycled the length of New Zealand, I thought he was o...
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37km 113 elevation

I awoke through the night to heavy rain and gusty winds, wondering if I’d made the right decision to delay finishing. Luckily by the time I got my bike packed (for the last time - gulp) the rain had cleared. The winds were still quite frisky tho and I knew this would be a ...
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114km 83m

Nerena and Scott assured me I slept well, apparently I was snoring and snuffling two seconds after the light went out. Sorry team, must have been my turn.The sunrise this morning over misty fields was particularly spectacular, and I hoped the red sky didn’t portend to bad ...
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136km 912 elevation

 It was hard to say goodbye to the Watson clan and get back on my bike. They made me feel so welcome and it was nice to have a taste of normality, albeit briefly. They have a wonderful home with a lovely outlook. I continued around the cycle tracks from Lake Hayes to Fr...
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87km 2843 m elevation

My time in Wanaka ended the way it began, being guided along the outlet trail by my bike sister Kathryn. The air was crisp and cool, and the clear skies made for a beautiful sunrise. The day also started how it would continue, with lots of photo stops.  I met up with Sc...
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Day 24, Wanaka Rest Day

March 12, 2020
The blame for me doing this brevet could be allocated quite a few ways. My family and friends who are supporting me despite their concerns for my safety and sanity, my Bike Bro Steve who organised the first bike packing trip I did, or  Scott and Nerena for being my Tour...
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152km 1738 m elevation

The Haast region is so spectacular it has been awarded the status of being a "World Heritage" area.  I whole heartedly agree with this decision, it is truely breathtaking. Haast village lies near the mouth of the Haast river, and my morning  was spent tracing this ...
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156km 1518m elevation

My shoes have turned. Although I know they were never alive, they definitely now smell as if they have died.  It’s actually amazing it’s taken this long considering how many days I’ve been wearing them, but the turning point was when the shoes hadn’t dried out m...
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144km 1135 m elevation

Richard and Yvonne were consummate hosts right to the end, serving us up a lovely breakfast before we hit the road at 7 o’clock. Richard makes an excellent flat white, and they’re both great conversationalists, Yvonne shared a lot about her time with the Soroptimists. Sh...
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127km 984 m elevation

The weather forecast was for heavy rain by Hokitika so we got on the road in good time to beat the worst of it. The sunbeams coming through the clouds at sunrise were lovely over the misty fields but the red sunrise was true to the shepherd’s warning.  A section of qu...
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