Saturday, 23 January 2016

And the wind just kept on.... and on....

No let up in the wind for those pushing through late yesterday. What was a stiff breeze up the Hakataramea Valley turned to a roaring gale at the Pass and the last 45 km was testing to say the least. All credit to the stamina of those wanting to finish!

Ian about to touch down for the last time in Tekapo

And the full welcoming committee at the Church of the Good Shepherd

Cloud build up as the wind speed kept climbing

Rosie and Craig, late evening arrival and job well done

Stephanie after a tremendous solo effort into the gale force winds

And the welcoming committee still awake!

The finishers today had to put in some herculean efforts to do the 'last mile' late yesterday.

Date: 22 January 2016 at 17:42
Subject: SMS with Dean Marshall

Arrived at Kurow

Date: 22 January 2016 at 21:35
Subject: SMS with Wendy Riach

Shakeys heading up hill on road to tekapo

Date: 22 January 2016 at 21:47
Subject: SMS with Phil Petersen

Cjell, Russ and Phil are settled in at Kurow for the night. In Tekapo at some stage tomorrow. Relatively relaxed day today :)

Date: 22 January 2016 at 21:56
Subject: SMS with Wendy Riach

Stephanie on Haldon rd 4.6 km from dog kennel corner

Date: 22 January 2016 at 22:30
Subject: SMS with Craig Shakespeare

Well the "The Shakies" are in!! Pleased to be in Tepako after 6 day 12 hrs!!

Thanks for all the support!!

Date: 22 January 2016 at 23:44
Subject: SMS with Max Doesburg

Max and Pascal camping tonight on the outskirts of Kurow. Awesome ride over Dansey's pass today

Date: 23 January 2016 at 08:58
Subject: SMS with Wendy Riach

Ian and wendy are in tekapo.  After the ferocious winds to kurow the initial ride was really good.  And then the wind came and the heat picked up and the water bottles became very light. Then we could see tekapo from the hakataramea pass where  we met dave.  The wind was one of the strongest  I have tried to cycle into.

Room full of brevet riders, thankfully after they have all had a shower ;-)

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