We ventured on a longer road ride for New Year's Day, as the roads would be a little less busy.
This meant that we could take the shortest, quickest route on the first 23k to Morrinsville and the first coffee stop...
We thought Soub and Yeractual would like this one...a Jaguar XK 120 in pristine, showroom condition...no salt on the roads here!
Morrinsville is a small agricultural town..as you can see from the Xmas decorations...
We found a flatter route than had been planned ( Scotsmans Valley will have to wait until we are fitter ) which meant 4 k along state highway road, but at that point it was quite wide, and with a hard shoulder wide enough for three bikes. Then we returned to the smaller roads for the last 15 or more km into Cambridge.
After refreshment we headed out on Highway 1 towards Hamilton ( 16 k away) to see the site of the new velodrome. This will be hopefully open by 2014 and will be the centre of NZ cycling. It will mainly be a training facility for the elite riders.
not bad progress so far.
We returned as soon as possible to the lanes to return to our outward route, and retraced via the first cafe stop....let's just say that my saddle isn't quite right...
By the end of the ride we'd done 120k....and after opening up the sleepout, managed to lock ourselves out...when the house was locked and everyone away at the skate park...but after a cuppa at our friend's house next door, all came come and all was well.