Summer Down Under
in February is hard to get used to. It's pretty cool wearing shorts
in the middle of winter, uh I mean summer. My body clock is having
trouble adjusting to the switch in seasons. I keep thinking, "what
a mild winter!" I'm having a tough time thinking about doing
lots of long rides, because at this is the time of year, I normally
am out doing my best to stay upright on ice covered roads with
a "studded tire attired" fixed gear, and Nordic skiing.
The body just wants to take a break from cycling. But this is
summer, so I better do some.
I am still doing some work for a nearby bike shop,
and one of the tasks is to help out with an upcoming ride. I've
offered to help maintain a database of riders, as well as post
the results to the website. But the cool thing is we get to ride
the event too. Like many kiwi events, it's a one way affair, with
a remote start. So being the folks we are, John and I rode out
to the start the night before. We had a great time on this ride
and made some friends too. One of the really cool things was meeting
Denis and Frith. We knew the names from an Internet mailing lists
for tandems. Frith had posted some very entertaining race reports
a few years back. At the time, they were living on the North Island,
so it hadn't occurred to me to look for them in Nelson. But just
a few days before this ride, Mike, who owns the bike shop told
me they were in Nelson. It was a thrill to meet another tandem
team who had similar interest, and riding styles. We rode along
and talked for most of the ride, and have gotten together for
a few more rides since. They've shown us some local unsealed roads
to get us away from the maniac kiwi drivers which has really helped
our enjoyment of riding here.
were talking with them about our desire to do a loop of Rainbow
and Molesworth Roads. Frith said Molesworth was closing soon,
so we should do it now, so we did. On the heals of that trip,
came the 440 km Christchurch
By the time we finished Christchurch to Nelson,
we were pretty pooped, but next on the list was the Rainbow
Rage. So we decided we needed to start doing a bit more offroad
and gravel road riding. After Denis and Frith showed us some roads
in the Hira Forest, we had made several trips back there. We also
made some trips further afield, including a loop with lots of
gravel road and a section of single track on the Archer Track.
The weather has been absolutely unbeatable, and
I just can't emphasise how awesome the scenery is, so I'll just
share a few pictures to demonstrate.
In between rides, and working on our website, the
bike shop site and one for a local
bike club, we've been working on the house.