The course was loaded into the GPS
and the team assembled and Snowy Waters Lodge
for an 8am start.
Including String's awesome looking GranPaso on her maiden voyage
First up a somewhat easier Fishers Track with the eastern half gravelled up for pussy bicycles.
But the western part (from the 'Public Road' sign) still in farm track condition. Let's hope it stays that way.
Next up Gold Road through private property to Kirikau on the banks of the mighty Wanganui. The track includes a snotty papa clay river crossing that kept the crew busy....
While Stretch checked his iphone for new messages...
... bugger, no reception!
Stretch assessing the situation - "there must be a better way..."
Serious hard work eh Rik?
Rear tyre hits dry ground and he's away - that cloud is tyre smoke!
Finally everybody reaches the top
Here's the same gateway in 2003 on another adventure...
And in about 1999, my first time through. See Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu in background...