An endless roadie ride as we headed south with Paringa and Bruce Bay notable highlights. A grind over Knights Point and eventually into Haast to make ready for the remaining 3 long climbs ahead.
A 6am start highlighted how dark the mornings were and how cold it was. Cycling in our own world, surrounded by nothing, road kms quickly slipped by. By 8:30am I was at the bottom of Haast Pass and to my surprise, the challenge of this was quickly behind me.
An ability to grind away in my lowest gear bought the summit, followed by the long downhills into the headwaters of the Otago Valleys. Makarora for food, and then onto Hawea for hospitality of friends.
The Hawea riverside track provided a great 20km interlude and then the grind up the Cardrona Valley and challenge number 2 – The Crown Range. Helped by Mark’s summary, even this passed easier than thought and with it the excitement of the view of Queenstown and the beginning of the last leg. The freewheel to Arrowtown was unbelievable and suddenly the end is in sight. Just 2 days away! 🙂