Distance travelled today: 69 km
Total TA distance covered: 2453 km
Biking and slack packing.
To get to Twizel from Tekapo would have taken two days to walk on roads and cycleways, so I made the obvious decision to hire a treadly and get to Twizel in half a day by riding this section of Te Araroa.
Wow! After walking for 3.5 months with a pack I had forgotten what cycle touring is like. The kilometres were chewed down, covering the distance of a typical 8 to 10 hour walking day in only a couple. I was loving it and really need to do more cycle touring.
Being a hire bike it wasn’t the best but I made do. I found the gravel roads a little tough on the hands as they got the shit shaken out them on corrugations which is tough without bike gloves, knicks and descent suspension. I would wear it though. Getting 2 days completed in less than half a day was great.
Once along side Lake Pukaki and onto the official Alps to Ocean cycleway things got a little better, especially the views out over the lake and Mount Cook dominating the horizon.
WOW – I read 69km before I realised you were on a bike for part of it. I was extremely impressed – but did not doubt it for a second.
You are a bearded wonder – Day 102 and heading to home base. Great stuff!
Sounds and looks great! Was it easy to hire the bike in Tekapo and hand it back in in Twizel? (just wondering because I’m considering to do the same)
Really easy Liz. Ask at the Lake Hotel. $50 for bike for a day, $15 to get bike back, $15 to have your pack shuttled foward for the day. You can easily go further than Twizel, all the way to Lake Ohau if you want.
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