For the second time in a week, snow is the big topic. This time it is not just up at 1800m but almost everywhere (including Alexandra).
The southerly came through around 9:30pm last night and in the Hakataramea is was strong enough to break branches off trees and dump 6 inches of snow down to 400m!
Some squeaked through as it arrived and others not so lucky.
The remnants remain today and highlights include riding the Mt Ida Water Race in snow and pushing through snow drifts on Danseys Pass. Very cold but very pretty :-)
SMS with Paul and Diana Conner
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:37:51
Made it though to Hyde before it was time to take cover. There is an inch of show on my bike seat this morning. Oh well!
SMS with jenny cossey
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:58:20
Alex is a great place. The bike shop gave me tea as they fixed matilda. Them a gsb blog site watcher saw her outside the supermarket and invited us to stay.
SMS with Nic Kelly
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 06:40:29
New batteries in spot alex wed avo. Flashing green but not getting through apparently. Turned off and given batt 2 paul connor no 38 as his died and travel 2gether.
SMS with jasper van der lingen
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:51:42
Finished 11.30pm in pouring rain, sleet, hail into a hellish head wind. Other than that a brilliant event! Thanks to Dave for Organising, BPR, and my trusty black sheep single speed for getting me there.
SMS with Sandra Appleby
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:51:53
Huge amount of snow on the hills at Middlemarch. Glad we're on the rail trail today. Phew! And a tail wind too. Yay!
SMS with Tristan Rawlence
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:20:19
Good luck to those rolling in today. Hated the head wind at the time but SERIOUSLY pleased to beat the rain in. Massive effort by the guys last night. Thanks for the adventure! Anja & Tristan
SMS with Geof Blance
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:08:01
Home now.. To David, thanks for putting on such an epic.. Great course, just as you said it would be. The amount of work you put in has been huge. BIG thumbs up to you. To all the riders who towed the start line, full credit too. A huge effort by all..And to all those that watched us and gave such huge support when we had the easy job of just riding. .A huge Thanks!!..This was true Central riding at it's best... Can't wait to the next one..
SMS with Geoff Tilbrook
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:28:22
Kurow. Freewheel froze over danseys. Snow from naseby.
SMS with Greg Thurlow
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:29:52
Kurow.just been warned by the cafe owner about snow...
SMS with Daniel Roberts
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:02:18
Danseys Pass was similarly highlight and lowlight of trip - absolutely stunning with so much snow - but unbearably cold! Hoping to get to Tekapo before hot pools close
SMS with Arran Pearson
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:08:27
I thought of a lot of witty things to say... But all that comes to mind is thank fsck that's over