After this 1 day to go.
2 days to go!!
Left home and heading north on the last few days.
Today I am riding home. Not to finish but for a blissful night in my own bed, and eating food from my fridge and to probably mow the lawns which I hear are knee height. I will be catching up with many many friends too. I will be hard to leave and do the last few days to the top.
Today I am riding with a support crew! Wooohhoooo what a novel experience. My wife will be tailing me for a bit leaning on the horn. I am meeting up with the Northern Advocate for a interview too. Popular I am.
Today I am heading for the Top 10 Holiday park in Whangarei (thanks again Top 10 for all your support) where I will catch up with my wife for a day or two and she will be my support crew for the weekend. Fantastic!! What does a support crew do? Hopefully sweep the road ahead clearing the broken glass and making me hot hot coffee every hour.
After being hosted by Team Torkington in Ti Point and well fed, I took the back roads to Mangawhai Heads which involved gravel roads, wild cows, and blue blue skies. I only got lost once, well not exactly lost but took a wrong turn following what appeared to be a paper road (one that only exists on paper, not in real life) that turned out to be a dead end. Google Maps’ fault. So I got to see the top of another hill two times more than I needed
Today I cycled from Howick to the ferry terminal at Halfmoon bay to the city then to Devonport (where the map starts) and up to Leigh.
Today I cycled with a thousand other cyclists and walkers over the Harbour Bridge in protest of the lack of cycle/pedestrian access over the bridge. It was a very cool experience, and a beautiful day.
Despite NZTA saying no, the police let (no there was no busting through the barricades) us all across and blocked off the lanes of traffic, in fact all four north bound lanes. So instead of there being a controlled crossing on two lanes, there were a few disgruntled drivers finding themselves not able to get across the bridge for a couple of hours.
I met a heap of cool people who had heard about my ride up the country too. Awesome!