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Day 8 – Rocky horror ride

Apologies for not posting the past two days. They were long and hard, so I had no time except for riding and personal maintenance. I’ll catch up quickly now with a few words and lots of pictures. Please excuse the typos. Day 8 of the TA for me was Monday Feb 24, and...

Day 7 – Inspired by Maungatautari

A mountain I love a lot started to come into view about half an hour after I began cycling from Matamata early this morning. I was eager for my first glimpse because Maungatautari symbolises much about the past, present and future of our ecosystems. The fringe of...

Day 6 – Floating on air

My paddle in the children’s warm pool straight after breakfast was the highlight of my day. Even better than the cycling, which was very good. Perhaps I should explain. Over breakfast with half a dozen Tour riders in the campground kitchen, we were asking each other...

Day 5 – Getting to know some known unknowns

Given Auckland has been my home for more than 20 years, I think I know it reasonably well. After all, it is the smallest of the seven cities I’ve called home over my nearly seven decades to date. And I cycle around the city a lot, often covering long distances. Today,...

Day 4 – A jolly crossing of the Kaipara

Four water crossings play crucial roles in the Tour Aotearoa. They are important links in our journey, but also a demarcation between quite different places. And, of course, they give us a break from cycling. Today was our first, from Potou Point at the north head of...

Day 3 – Nourished by the Hokianga

The Hokianga nourished our minds, bodies and spirits today. Kennedy and I set out early from Kohukohu, where we’d had a delightful stay with his friend Sally. From there we took the short ferry ride across to Rawene. The photo above, a fuzzy telephoto one across the...

Day 2 – Dying sea, living history

Hukatere, the camp ground we stayed at last night, means wind driven foam in Maori. For the 800 or so years people have lived in Aotearoa — ours was the last large land mass to be discovered and settled by humans — what we now call the Tasman Sea was so vigorously...

Day 1  – A blessed departure from Te Rerenga Wairua

Day 1 – A blessed departure from Te Rerenga Wairua

A minor mechanical problem upset my planned departure from Te Rerenga Wairua this morning. But Abbey Brown had one too. At the time, I hadn’t heard of the man or his truck trouble. But when we did meet for the first time at the Cape an hour or so later, it turned the...

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

About 7am this coming Monday, in the company of some 100 other cyclists, I’ll roll down the hill from inspirational Cape Reinga to start our 3,000km ride to the far end of the country, stirring Stirling Point in Bluff. Over the following three weeks another dozen wave...

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