Couldn't fit the racks on the back of the Karate Monkey, need to get an Ogre frame. Couldn't find Ju's panniers for the front racks. Oh well...trailer it is then. So how did I have it organized. And what did I have with me? A very rapid throw of everything together and a trip into Bivouac Outdoors for the new Gopro, and we are off to Queenstown, with the repaired Dry Bag. Can't believe I've managed to pull it all together so quickly. Yeha.
Sunday, and the plan is to ride the Crown Range to Wanaka. Trouble is I am having trouble getting sorted. Got the power chords mixed up with Ju's, forgot to change the skewer so I can tow the trailer, and shoes are still encrusted and jammed shut from last week's muddy ride. So it's a late departure. But it's Sunday so the traffic in Queenstown is thin. Decide to follow the Queenstown trail out of town, which is really nice.
Lots of Sunday joggers, but otherwise clear. But then I make a wrong choice, and end up on the main road, with no chance to get back on the trail...oh bother.
Doesn't take long to get to the bottom of the Hill climb. Let me just say that this is by far the steepest and longest climb I have done on a sealed road....on par with island saddle, but longer, and much more traffic. The first set of zigzags went well, and I was feeling pretty good about myself. The next lot were a good deal more strenuous. I needed to have a couple of rest breaks on the way up, and was very disappointed at one stage when I reached a car park that wasn't the top.... Just under 2 hours of tough climbing...
Downhill was great. About 3km before Cardrona pub, I was feeling the pain. Every thing was going really sluggish. My legs were feeling the pressure, and the bike was hard to control. Stopped at the pub for a break and photo...puncture in front tyre.
Road from there to Wanaka was reasonably flat...Thank goodness, and I was very relieved to reach the lake Shore. Very weary. Thank goodness only 5km to cuzzie Janes, and a hot shower.
Then a txt from Pete and Shelley. They had passed me on the hill but couldn't stop. Let's catch up later. Great to see them and chat. Thanks Jane. A wonderful host, and so good to exchange ideas for future adventures. April 25th 2015. Lhasa to Kathmandu. Janes coming. Who else?