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TT2000 Write-up - Day 11

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Saturday's ride started off early with the topping up of the Tenere in Kurow just before 8 and then pointing her up the Hakataramea Valley.

The road started off sealed before narrowing up a little and eventually turning to some nice fast gravel.  I had the camera on for a lot of it but there was plenty of fog around to spoil the view.

Soup's up
Some braking was involved when this poked up outta the fog
Sign has made a few enemies in the past
Towards the middle of the run the road got a little tighter and there was the odd rougher spot around a few small fords - nothing too tricky.  There was also a bit of wildlife to avoid (check the video) and a gate to deal with.

Eventually the fog burned off and there were some nice views out across the giant valley.

bye-bye fog
Tenere country

Snowy peaks for DomAnd then all of a sudden (surprisingly quickly it seemed to me) Hakataramea Pass ran out and I was on the seal of Haldon Road about 30 odd km from Tekapo.  A little of action from the pass below:

In Tekapo I stopped to for some pastry wrapped road kill and grabbed a sandwich for later on in the day.  I then headed West in the hope of riding Tekapo Canal Road up the Eastern side of Lake Pukaki but when I got to the turn-off the gate was closed and looking pretty locked to me - dagnabbit!

So, I had no choice but to turn around and head back to Tekapo and then try out Lilybank Road up the Eastern side of Lake Tekapo - so many lakes, so little time...
After an itty-bitty bit of seal the road quickly went to gravel which although fairly fast was also deep in places so picking decent lines was a pretty good idea.  There were also hikers and push-bikers to avoid too.  Not sure what they were doing up there...

I carried on up the road quite some way (and past a farm gate) before finally deciding to call it quits and turn back around.  Funnily enough the road was in similar nick going the opposite direction too.  And there was the odd reason to stop too.

Cool little island in the lake

Here's a taste of what the road was like by Tenere...

Back out on the main road again, I was fantastically early with only about 80km of sealed road to take me through to my night's accommodation in Geraldine - how boring!  So as I pootled along I tried to think of some possible variations I could work into my route.  I ended up pulling over at Dog Kennel Corner and whipping the laptop out of my topbox to take a peek at Mapsource and see what I could come up with.

It was fairly hard trying to do this on the side of the road without a mouse - a map would have been a lot easier I think.  So I gave up and carried onto to Farlie where I had a quick stop before leaving my planned route and aiming for Pleasant Point out closer to the coast.

It was a lovely Saturday and there were plenty of other bikes out enjoying the day as I trundled along at a very slow cruise.  I kept my eye out for a road turn...
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