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…