So we didn't get the -8C as predicted, as a result, heaps of people turned up to wave me out of the village. Even a class from the school came out. Lots of Lions Club members, and heaps of friends and supporters. Anyone would think they were keen to ensure I left the village. Fantastic to have so much support, it brought tears to my eyes. And then, at least a dozen rode with me, some only for a few hundred meters. However, four made it all the way to the first coffee stop at Thrillseekers. And what a great coffee and hot chocolate it was. Thanks Neil.
Did I mention how beautiful the day was? Clear blue sky, fresh snow on the mountains and not a breath of wind. Then, another significant moment, my escort (Abbo, Doobie, Sally and Ju) turned back to Hanmer and I was left to ride on alone. More emotion...
The road to Waiau was flat and smooth and the kilometers passed really quickly. At this rate I was going to get to Lyford far too early. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to call and see my mate Richard. Yes he was home.. So ensued a lovely afternoon sitting on his porch in the sun...... Is this really what cycle touring is all about....... Almost forgot I still had the 21km up hill to do...... And on the way.... my very first roadside meeting. My good friends Rod and Jeanette had come for a drive to see how I was going, having missed my departure from Hanmer. Fatastic to see you friends.
So now for my first "bikers sleep"...... And tomorrow, some more hills. Can't wait. Thanks everyone for a fabulous day. Cycle touring Is about the people.