Wanaka to Queenstown, and the 3500-foot Crown Range.
So, Daisy’s first full day seriously cycling with the girls was just amazing – 90 km over the Crown Range from Wanaka to Queenstown (a cool 3500 foot pass, scaled with elegance and ease, and a bit of pushing) and some of the most amazing views of the trip so far.
Lovely to be pedalling with Katie Brayne and Carmela Snooks for the first time properly since they set off from Cape Reinga 27 days ago and we did two weeks before that.
As ever – have I said this before? – the pictures below (keep scrolling) tell the story, but I might add that Jutta and I have not only reached some 2600 km on our almost-3000km Tour Aotearoa, we’ve hit our fundraising target for the Rory Peck Trust of 3000 smackers.
Slight accounting trick (George Osborne would be proud) in that we’ve redefined your wonderful contributions from GPB to NZD, and £1600+ neatly makes NZD 3000+! Awesome!!!!
Only three days, and if Daisy can push it a bit harder along the gravel paths beyond Walter Peak Station a short ferry ride across Lake Wakatipu in the morning, two days to go now to Bluff at the very bottom of the South Island, and the #TandemTA will be done.
Daisy did try hard to be a mountain bike today, along some of the most challenging trails we’ve encountered so far. But with all our heavy baggage, and the need to go SLOW round gravelly bends, we probably held the girls back by about two hours over a seven-a-bit hours in the saddle today.
Perhaps it’s just right that we met up as late as Wanaka for the final push, but everyone’s happy. And especially Daisy with her newly SMOOOOOTH gear changing and a nice new rubber gear change grip that won’t slip in the wet.
Or the wit, as they so charmingly say down here, though despite weather forecasts predicting quite a lot of it, we had none today, but rather absolutely perfect autumnal cycling temperatures, sun and beautiful Southern Hemisphere clouds.
Jutta is brewing a blog post in the next few days, to take stock of the most amazing journey we’ve ever undertaken after 40 pretty good, and at times turbulent, years together. (She’ll tell me I’m being over-superlative again, as usual, but that’s me…)