|The Seven Sisters from the road to Braemer
The old codgers were showing their age. It nearly turned into a disaster. There were lost car keys, lost keys to our e-bike batteries, lunches and toilet bags left behind and more, even Covid chased us out of Tekapo. And there were no wives to find things for us!! Finally we left Mt Cook Station at about 10am on the 6th March 2022 and flew off down the road with a good tail wind. There was dust in the air as there had been a landslide up the Hooker Valley but we could see Aorangi and Sefton clearly over our shoulders.
|Jim Standing Amid our Memories
Mike gave sterling support for his old mates. On this first day we also left our matches behind (for the midday brew) but Mike discovered them and fortunately we saw them on the roadside with the little cairn marker he built for us - that was lifesaving stuff for Jim and I.
|From Our Brew Spot on Pukaki - Sefton and Cook
After lunch we biked on the the bottom of Lake Pukaki, purchased some salmon for dinner and, after meeting Mike, pedalled on to Twizel. Next door to us were Victoria and Emilie (7 years) who were over half way through Te Aroha. They were great fun and next morning we were amazed at the weight of the pack that Emilie was carrying. They were being supported by FMC and also raising funds for Mental Health and the FMC Mountain and Forest Charitable Trust.
|Victoria, Emilie and Jim
|Victoria, Mike and Jim at Twizel
|The Old Historic Shearing Shed
|An Old Codger trundles Through Omarama - note the Snazzy Lycra
|Rest Stop - Upper Lake Benmore
|Lower Lake Benmore Trail
|Near Benmore Dam
|Elephant Rocks beyond Duntroon