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*on Raleigh 20s.
A Raleigh Rally, if you will.

because why wouldn't you? New Zealand is so little and Raleigh 20's are known for their all terrain capability, their craftsmanship and their copious amount of luggage carrying capacity ..

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We’re two friends who have worked together and ridden mountain bikes together for a number of years.

Without any particular experience in endurance events or very much forethought, with a relaxed training regime and a lot of optimism, we’re riding the Tour Aotearoa on our Raleigh 20 bicycles.
But aren’t they kids bikes, you ask? Well, umm .. who knows, really. (We'll keep you posted ..!)

​Starting at Cape Reinga at 7am on 17 Feb, we aim to make our way 3000km all the way south to Bluff without breaking down emotionally, physically, or mechanically. (We're on the road now, you can track where we are here!)

We’re raising money for Christchurch City Mission, a charity that does incredible work for underprivileged people in Christchurch. If you’d like to support us and make our insanity worthwhile, please give generously to City Mission here.

Thanks to those who have helped make this possible- our families for tolerating our silliness, Bevan at Frontal Lobe for helping with set up, our employers for allowing us time off but who probably won’t miss us, and you, for reading this blog.

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Eggs Benedict

Updated: Feb 27, 2020


It's a big deal.

We finally got our first eggs benedict!

We woke before 6 and as we wandered down from our bandstand-come-sleeping cabin to the nearby bath room Eric spied a trucker leaping out of his cab and scurrying into a shop. Now, there is only one type of shop a trucker would be interested in at 6 am, so after quickly packing our worldly possessions, we rode down and ordered.

Eggs Benedict with bacon, 2 hash brows and a flat white? Yes please.

Somehow the dim light of early morning gives this a more romantic candle-lit vibe than the roadside locale truly was

And the verdict? $13 for the Eggs Benedict, $2 for the hash browns, $4 for the coffee. And it felt WOW. Admittedly we're probably a little generous due to our state, but an enthusiastic 8/10. Very acceptable.

Well satisfied, we got on our bikes and rode. On the road.

It was wonderful. The road we rode on was nice smooth worn seal, the birds were singing, the sun was shining, the Raleighs were humming along nicely and all was well.

lol - rode sounds like road.

And then the road we rode on turned into a gravel forestry road. And it was not wonderful. The road had huge corrugations and deep dust, the birds were squawking, the sun was beating, the Raleighs were rattling and all was somewhat painful.

this may look nice but is not good times

(That eggs bene though .. 😍)

And the beach was lovely when we got there!

note to self: this sand loves magnets too much. do not place selfie stick in sand.

Then: a wee relax on the Ferry to Parakai, dinner in Helensville, and finally, some sleep at a mate of a mate’s 5km off the route (thanks again for that!)

Day three: done.

Today's vital stats:

Total Elevation gain: 993 m

Distance: 79 km (+44km on the ferry)

Time spent on bikes: 4 hours 43 minutes

Max speed: 76.3 kph

Max temp: 27 degrees

Water: 6L each

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