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2014-03-05

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  1. Revised destination Tekapo

    Entry: 5/03/2014 1:48:04 a.m.

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    • david: After all the rain the morning Dawned cold but dry. As we had a long way to go we set our alarms for a 7am start. It was dark when we set out and Geoffs headlight blinded everyone when he turned to tell you one one of his 'corny' jokes which were bloody funny at this time of the morning or he broke into song usually making up his own words!! His most famous original poem was an Ode to Gribby. It went like this:- Gribby come back, Gribby come Back! He's at the head of the pack! He's on the Attack! Cut him no slack! PEEDAAAL!!!!!!!!!! To be sung at the yop of your voice as we descended hills and gribby started pedalling frantically away so he would get a run at the next uphill! Geoff also had one for his beloved mudguard which was decorated with flax and Toi Toi. We called him the conservation Terrorist as there will be flax and Toi Toi's sprouting up by road sides all the way from Reinga to bluff with the amount of seeds he was dropping!! Anyway I digress. The first leg was extremely fast ast it was virtually downhill to Geraldine. The first hour was really cold and those that had light gloves could not feel there hands after half an hour and in the end we called a halt so heavier, warmer gloves could be put on. It was also hard for those that wanted a pee as cold hands and counter sunk willies makes the whole procedure difficult! The only other issue we had was roadworks and another puncture to chris Ys bike. The sun was up by this time so it was a welcome stop to look at the awesome scenery. As the wheel was removed a spring from the quick release was seen to fly off into long grass. this was quickly found but the nut was no where in sight. This led to everyone teariing up half the roadside grass verge looking for the nut, only find it was still on the BIKE!!!!! We carrying on to Geraldine at a good clip enjoying the fact that we were making good time. The race to the fifty K sign was on and not even a Concrete Mixer trunk having to take evasive action could halt the mad long rush to the sign! Lunch at Geraldine was one of the best. We were back on the road by 12 )'clock so we were well ahead of schedule. The ride to Fairlie was at a slower pace as the road turned upwards. Suds got his fourth puncture of the tour and this allowed us to jettison some layers of clothing as the day got hotter and more climbs were ahead. Another stop at fairlie to eat! Then onto Tekapo. the guys were enjoying the warmer weather and the pace was on. Once we climbed the last hill it was a mad dash into Tekapo. what a brilliant distination, Scenery and accommodation was terrific and we had the bonus of going to soak in the hot pools which some of us did. The previous two days were forgotten and we basked in the satisfaction of making the right decision to alter our schedule and destination. 199Ks covered and tomorrow we will get back on schedule with a 216k ride to Clyde.
  2. Smoko

    Entry: 5/03/2014 1:29:41 p.m.

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  3. Lunch

    Entry: 5/03/2014 3:23:49 p.m.

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  4. Smoko again

    Entry: 5/03/2014 6:04:22 p.m.

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  5. Tekapo

    Entry: 5/03/2014 8:37:23 p.m.

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    • david: What a difference a ay makes!!! Woke at 5.30am as we were leaving at 7am due to having to cover 196Ks. It was still dark and lights were the order of the day. Temp was 2.2 degrees and a chill was in the air. We were so pleased to see that the day dawned dry with a slight fog hanging around. The main worry was that the cold would mean early pee stops, for the last two wet days stops had been so frequent it led one of the younger team members to say we were a pack of old men who had weak bladders and the stops were more frequent than coffee stops and he's right!! just wait till he gets older! As the sun came up the scenery was absolutely stunning! This lifted everyone's spirit and the pace increased. Suddenly we came across roadworks and it was like riding on a dry river bed. Everyone got thru without puncturing but the jiggling set off the bladders and a pee stop was called. Back on the bikes and the pace lifted again sun rose over the snowy mountains and with a tailwind and slight downhill the speed was 33-35ks. this went on nearly all the way to Geraldine except for a puncture after more roadworks. We arrived at the cafe at 11.20am having done 108ks. We had a great meal and left at 12 o,clock. the pace was still quick but was more uphill, everyone was now stripping off layers of clothing and slapping on sun screen hooray the sun was shining and the temp had risen to 28.4 degrees! Only yesterday the temp hadn't risen above six!! We kept pace high till we got near Fairlie, pace lifted again and the race was on for the 50k sign! Stopped at Fairlie for a coffee, having done 155ks. We climbed up to Burkes Pass at a quick pace; yes the guys were into race mode! Once over the top we flew down the other side and even though there was 18ks to go the pace increased the pack was hunting the 50K sign again! Scenery was postcard beautiful. Distance covered 198ks and at a 28K average our fastest day on Tour. Accommodation is really good and some of the guys went and soaked into the Hot springs. Very relaxing! Chinese for tea now off to bed as we have another big day. 216 ks to Clyde. This will put us back on Schedule. Weather looks good for tomorrow so they will be rearing to go at 7am sharp!
    • david: I have somehow rode two bloggs for the same day. This happens when one doesn't input them daily!! It is easy to mix up what happens each day as they seemed to merge into each other!!!
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