And so the adventure begins for our two shop roadies Paul and Ray! Their mission is to cycle from the southern most point of the South Island (Slope Point) to the northern most point (Farewell Spit) on road bikes (Paul – Specialized Allez Sprint Superstar Sagan, Ray – Specialized Tarmac Expert Disc) with only what their bikes could carry. With only 11 days to cover 1249km’s (approximately 113km each day), fingers crossed they make it in time for Paul to compete in the Calder Stewart Elite Series Race in Nelson on the 9th September.
Here is the first update from the guys!
Our day began at 7:30am, Sunday 27th August and we drove to Slope point to start our adventure. There is a photo of Paul working on his bike while I was driving down (classic Paul). We were on our bikes about 10:30 and it was less than 10km in when I hit a rock on the gravel road and got a puncture. Next stop was Fortrose for coffee. The guy made our coffee then put his gumboots on and went into paddock to deliver a new born lamb, then came back to clear our table. Back on our bikes we rode to Invercargill. We had arranged to meet friends, Paul Clark the owner of Zoo Keepers cafe and glen Thomson for some food, another coffee and a sneaky lunchtime beer (thought the extra carbs would help!).
Back on our bikes for the last 60kms, it was hard getting going again with sore legs and into a head wind. The advice from Paul Clark about the way to Dipton with avoiding the main road really helped. It was a relief to arrive at our accommodation and the lady had the fire going in our room. Jo arrived soon after us with a bottle of red wine and cheese and crackers. Shower and then into Winton for dinner.
136km done and dusted – 1113km to go.