Tour Aotearoa Day 24 – Mossburn to Bluff – The Final Chapter and a New Beginning

Tour Aotearoa Day 24 – Mossburn to Bluff – The Final Chapter and a New Beginning

I woke to a very cold morning with a thick mist shrouding the landscape. That was unusual and a first for this trip. Another unusual thing was that today I’d agreed to cycle the final day with the big group from New Zealand, and after nearly a month of solitary riding, it was great to…

Tour Aotearoa Day 23 – Queenstown to Mossburn – The Penultimate Day

One month ago, this grand adventure seemed so ambitious. I’d never cycled so far or tested myself physically and mentally for such a sustained period. Success wasn’t guaranteed. But, if I was going to have any chance, I’d have to find new reserves of endurance. Leaving my hotel in Queenstown to begin the penultimate day…

Day 19 – Ross to Franz Joseph – Battling the Elements

I remember hearing a mountaineer saying something along the lines of, ‘You don’t conquer Mount Everest, you simply creep up while she’s sleeping’. I’ve realised that riding the Tour Aotearoa is similar. Perhaps the most valuable lesson I’ve learned so far is the importance of staying flexible and being willing to change your plans considering…

Tour Aotearoa Day 18 – Greymouth to Ross – The West Coast Wilderness Trail

By the time I’d bought two new tyres, resolving yesterday’s catastrophic shredding, and devoured a gigantic breakfast, it was midday, making it one of the more leisurely starts of my Tour Aotearoa. This was fine by me, however. I was planning on camping tonight so there was no rush to get there and after a…

Tour Aotearoa Day 15 – Belgrove to Murchison – Dodging the Rain

I overslept but was confident the extra rest would have done me good, and I’d be able to make up the miles throughout the day. My strategy has been to push hard on the paved roads so that I don’t need to rush on the more technical unpaved sections. This morning continued along the Nelson…

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