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Seeing clearly - what does it all mean?

With the deadline for our Fundraising Givealittle page drawing ever nearer, it's time for some final thoughts on one of the most challenging yet rewarding things we've ever done. Choosing to cycle for the Fred Hollows Foundation, and helping to live out Fred's vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind, was a fantastic experience, one that went beyond ourselves and created a special reason for completing the trip. I always knew I would be challenged mentally and physically, and that I wo...

January 30, 2018

Day 17 - Martinborough - Wellington City!!

It’s official - WE DID IT!!!Another gray rainy start in Martinborough this morning, with a quick 25kms through the back roads around Featherstone to reach Cross Creek and the start of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail for our big Hill of the day.It’s a lovely track up the hill, around an 8% gradient but definitely doable and quite enjoyable through the regenerating bush around the track. The tunnels are a highlight - Mike remembered his two head lights hahaEven some official ‘hike a bike’ through...

January 12, 2018

Day 16 - Pahiatua - Martinborough

Another gray start this morning with plenty of rain overnight (kudos to our little momentum tent!), we fueled up at the local bakery before setting off through farmland towards Eketahuna for the morning’s ride. Plenty of friendly farmers out on their motorbikes this morning!!Obligatory photo stop in Eketahuna and a bit later than we expected leaving at 1:30pm with 90kms or so still to go.But the wind and the terrain was good to us and we covered the distance to Masterton on limited gravel road...

January 11, 2018

Day 15 - Rangiwahia - Pahiatua

It was a moody grey day as we set off from Rangiwahia this morning, a few spots of rain but nothing like the torrential downpours of a few days back!First up we rode into yet another mob of sheep coming in for shearing - it’s all go in this area at the moment!!The morning consisted of a ride through three really neat gorges, big down and ups and great views of the river and cliffs before arriving in Apiti late morning.We then headed towards Pohangina, through a few gravel back roads and one lu...

January 10, 2018

Day 14 - Whanganui - Rangiwahia

We had a good relaxing rest day in Whanganui yesterday and a trip to A&E to ensure Claire’s knee was actually in OK shape, plus some fixing of our bikes at the legendary Velo Ronny’s Bike Shop (awesome service and chats there, definitely call in if you’re nearby!).Big shout out to Tamara Guest House where we spent two nights with an awesome view of the river and fantastic stay. Highly recommended!We headed off via the famous Whanganui Elevator and look out point, the easiest 100m or so gai...

January 9, 2018

Day 13 - Raetihi - Whanganui

A great start to Day 13 with a massive downhill from Raetihi to Pipiriki, a gorgeous ride through the start of the Whanganui National Park, huge hills either side and a lot of greenery.We reached Pipiriki around 9:30am and then took the scenic Whanganui River road, which offers amazing views of the river (which is rather brown at the moment because of all the rain!) and a reasonably rolling contour following the river for around 65kms.Met some great travellers along the way and en...

January 7, 2018

Day 11 - Taumarunui - Raetihi

After a great nights sleep (finally!) in Taumarunui, we re-stocked our food supply at the local New World, and investigated a plan for the next part of the route - through to Pipiriki. The recommended route included a track that isn't rideable after heavy rain, so we had to make a new route, eventually deciding to head to Raetihi and out to Pipiriki from there, the downside being that we missed the Bridge to Nowhere and the much anticipated Jet Boat Ride!It was a late set off by our standards, b...

January 6, 2018

Day 10 - Pureora - Taumarunui

Because we’d cut Day 10 short we knew we needed to make it to a good sized place today to replenish our food stocks, and also to get ourselves warm (at this stage a shower was definitely all we wanted!) so we made the call to try and make Taumaranui, around 110kms.The start of the Timber Trail is beautiful, and initially the rain was relatively light, and the track still dry enough. It’s a reasonable climb from the start but gradual, and we made good time to Piropiro Campsite by lunchtime, g...

January 5, 2018

Day 10 - Mangakino - Pureora

We set off from Mangakino through the final River Trail section, meeting some lovely ladies on the nearby swing bridge, and then diverted through some gravel and back roads to head towards the edge of Pureora Forest Park, where we joined some forest tracks with a LOT of climbing, and a neat wire bridge which almost beat us and swallowed our bikes up!The first of the rain set in around midday, and at that stage although persistent wasn’t too heavy. We made it to Pureora itself (the start of the...

January 4, 2018

Day 9 - Little Waipa Reserve - Mangakino

After a sodden Day 8 through the flats of the #HaurakiPlains yesterday, we tackled the first few sections of the #WaikatoRiverTrails from #littleWaipaReserve, joined by the excellent company of Andy and Paul McCullagh.The #Arapuni swing bridge is very impressive, super high and built for the dam workers to commute to work, it’s an awesome spot to visit.After Arapuni is a neat bush section and some tough hills before popping out onto some back roads to link up...

January 3, 2018

Day 8 - Waihi Beach - Little Waipa Reserve (Waikato River Trails)

After a days rest in Waihi Beach, we were ready to rock on with the next stage of the trip - getting to the #RiverTrails! The weather held up while we rode through the #Waihigorge and through from #Paeroa to #TeAroha for lunch, making really good time on the Flat and fast #HaurakiRailTrail section.A few kms out of Matamata the weather bomb hit!! We rode through the heaviest rain we’ve had in a long time - and felt like kids again heading t...

January 2, 2018

Day 7 - Waitakaruru - Waihi Beach

Another gorgeous morning waking up in #Waitakaruru, before joining Mike’s Dad John for the #HaurakiRailTrail section to #Paeroa for the morning.A great track, brand new and nice quick riding through to #Kopu, and plenty of friendly cows 🐄 on the way to #Paeroa too. Nice to have a change from all the hills!!Lunch in Paeroa with Glenda (pies are good cyclist food, right?), and then the most stunning section of the #railtrail through to #W...

December 31, 2017

Day 6 - Auckland City - Waitakaruru

After a night in downtown Auckland it was time to head through the city and start to wind South. It’s was a beautiful morning, and we investigated the pink cycleway in the city before tackling Mount Eden with stunning views of the city!We then headed through Cornwall Park Mangere (where Mike sported the first flattie of the trip), Manukau and Totara Park before finding some amazing tailwinds just out of Papakura which took us to Clevedon in record time!Thanks to Kate who met us in Clevedo...

December 30, 2017

Day 5 - Port Albert - Gulf Harbour (Auckland City)

Nice early start for us this morning heading out of Port Albert on the back roads around the Kaipara, up plenty of big hills with great views of farmland, as well as some rather bumpy gravel roads through Kaipara Flats and into Puhoi - lunch at Puhoi's Cheese Cafe was awesome, a great stop off the motorway when you're heading north, great food and the best iced chocolates so far of the trip!!Tough climb back on SH1 into Waiwera - and although it was really hot, for once in our lives we were actu...

December 29, 2017

Day 4 - Dargaville - Port Albert

With a little change in route following the boat breakdown on the Kaipara, we set off early, following the straights out of Dargaville towards Tokatoka, Matakohe, and Paparoa. This area is where Mike was born so pretty cool to be able to ride the back roads, with a special mention of the road between Paparoa and Maungaturoto, gently rolling and some awesome views. Lunch in Matakohe and another push before arriving to hang with Mike's family for a break in Maungaturoto for the afte...

December 28, 2017

Day 3 - Opononi - Dargaville

First climb straight up takes us through Omapere to some beautiful views of the Hokianga Harbour, and we then head up some big hills into the gorgeous Waipoua Forest, with a quick stop off to see Tane Mahuta and an amazing ride down through the massive Kauri trees.Absolutely cannot say enough what a great experience Waipoua Forest was from the seat of a bike - just a fantastic experience and you are even more in awe of the beautiful trees!The last part of our day was winding through some back ro...

December 27, 2017

Day 2 - Ahipara - Opononi

We headed out of Ahipara towards Herekino, through a gorgeous gorge and up and down some hills through farmland, where the sun had come out and it was a great morning ride. The section from Broadwood to Kohukohu was really tough, with steep gravel tracks, but the scenery made up for it!Kohukohu, a cute little place on the Hokianga Harbour, served some brilliant and much needed burgers, and we got lucky enough to catch the Rawene Ferry just as it was leaving!The day couldn’t have been more diff...

December 26, 2017

Day 1 - Cape Reinga - Ahipara

From the local campsite at the Cape is 4kms straight up a steep gravel hill - we headed off towards  around 5am, and that sure woke us up to the realities of riding in the dark rather quickly!After a slightly cloudy sunrise, there was some great views of Cape Maria Van Diemen and Spirit's Bay, and the first 20kms on the road to Te Paki was stunning as the sun tried to show itself!After conquering the very interesting sensation of riding through the sand streams at Te Paki sand dunes, we got...

December 25, 2017

Training Time

Cycle for Sight is creeping up on us rather quickly - with now only a month until we head off on our big trip! We've already had a couple of great training rides, the first was out towards Cambridge, with a stop off at the Bikery Cafe (massive plug for them, it was an awesome meal), and then followed up with a beautiful ride out towards Pironigia on the 12th of November - sunny and blue sky everywhere, and a fantastic meal at The Nest for lunch too! The much anticipated Perry Bridge has also fin...

November 23, 2017

It's Official - We're off!

After a few months of logistics, leave and route planning, Cycle for Sight 2017 is a reality! We'll be cycling the length of the North Island, from Cape Reinga to Wellington over the Christmas holidays, from 27th December - 13th January, to raise funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation! It's a big commitment but we'd like to make our holidays count and have some impact on the goal to end avoidable blindness by 2020. Check out the awesome video below from the Fred Hollows Foundation - about the cam...

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