Left in the mist at 7am, and guess what..... uphill, for two hours, and then to top it off.... The trailer gets a flat Tyre. So two and a half hours to go 14km, but then a stunning views of the three volcanoes, (for you guys in Mr Wratts class: Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro). Still took 30mins to hit Raetihi, where the nice man at the 4 Square shouted me a packet of toffeepops, which I scoffed.
National Park was 36km UP the road, with very LONG straights, with a very Cold head wind. What better reason to have lots of stops and ring my mates. Only problem is that when you are knackered, and talk to your mates, and they are so supportive, and you've still got along way to go UPHILL into COLD wind along LONG straights, it can get a little emotive. So Fletcher, Rod, Abbo and Kerry, you all made me cry...... so I didn't ring anyone else, because now I was not only knackered, but emotionally spent.
Anyway, eventually got to National Park 7 hours after leaving Pipiriki, and just had to scoff a pie, two sandwiches, a cookie time and an L&P, take some photos and ring Ju, before 20km downhill to Owhango. All done and spotted off the footpath.... and came to a grinding halt. My back wheel had "tacoed".... sort of folded in two. I wasn't going anywhere fast. Damn. What now? Cold, tired and all alone in the wilderness of National Park.
Luckily, my Warm Showers host from Owhango was happy to come and rescue me. Looks like no riding tomorrow. We couldn't get the wheel to realign, so it's a bus ride to TeAwamutu tomorrow, and a rebuild Monday morning. That's what Adventure is all about. (looking forward to the sleep in and a rest day) Who won Stars? Oh and what about the All Blacks Test?