Day 23. In Christchurch

As we went to bed last night a weather warning had just been given as ex cyclone Gita was due to hit the South Island overnight. I woke up early and went for a run around Burnside park just opposite our B & B (Miki & Yan’s) and it was just starting to rain which got…

Day 20. In Wanaka and Queenstown

We stayed back in Wanaka again at 31 Brownston street back in the house of Graham and Pip. It was pouring down this morning as we got up but as it was the first day of non cycling that didn’t matter. Rest and  recuperation is important after expeditions and challenges, not only to physically recover but also…

Don’t forget the Driver!

Firstly I pay tribute to the sheer physical and mental efforts of C & C in completing such a long ride in such a short time. Most days were well in excess of 100km with hills and headwinds too! Helpfully, weather-wise, 17 of the 19 days were without rain, although, especially in the North Island,…

Day 19. Dipton to Bluff (Sterling point)

We were up bright and early for our last day and left just as the sun was rising around 7am. We drove back to Dipton to start where we finished last night and did 27km back to Winton for a quick cuppa at last night’s motel before carrying on. The roads today were at last…

Day 18. Queenstown to Dipton

Greg and Karen fed us a great breakfast and then we drove out of town to the start point 10k south of Queenstown.   Riding along the side of Lake Watakipu for the first hour or so there werefantastic views of the lake and mountains in the early morning sun.   After a coffee stop…

Day 17. Wanaka to Queenstown

  It’s peak season in Wanaka at the moment so we drew a blank when looking for a B&B, that is until CB called in on an old contact and after a few phone calls miraculously we had the ground floor of Pip and Greg’s house available. As some of you will know, Chris Brown…

Day 16. Haast to Wanaka.

    The rain cleared overnight and we set off early in cool a 14c and headed up the road to our start point up along the Haast river. We went past more old landslips that had been cleared.     The first third of the day was fairly seriously uphill but our Wattbike training…

Day 15. Knights point to 35km beyond Haast.

Following the closure of the road to Fox glacier at 4pm we sat around for few hours in anticipation of the road opening but later we were told that the next update would be 12pm tomorrow. We assessed the situation and decided to find a B&B locally, so we drove out of town as there…

Day 14. Pukekura to Franz Josef

After a very full and tasty meal at the Empire last night we turned in. When the alarm went off just before 6am we woke to heavy rain thundering down on the roof, 113mm was forecast for today which we didn’t want to believe. We had breakfast and decided to go for it so we…

Day 13. Punakaiki to Pukekura.

Staying a few km’s back at a campsite at Charleston we set off again in cool conditions at 08.45am. Again we followed the west coast on Highway 6 and the Tasman sea coast, with simply breath-taking views all day (yes, Nigel M!) A couple of hours in I was stung by a bee (there’s loads here because…