The above quote came from Pablo Picasso, the famous 20th century Spanish painter from the Cubist movement. Seems apt for what I am about to undertake – yet another hair brained idea.
For newer readers to my blogs, I was told back in September 2015 that I would not be able to ride more than 5 km….at all! I was told I needed a complete knee replacement. I was not impressed.
I am a bit stubborn – tell me I cannot do something becomes a personal challenge – I will find ways to prove you wrong, regardless of age, body and circumstances.
The last 18 months has provided a plethora of personal challenges that wont be featured in this blog, as there are some things that are just ‘unbloggable’. Needless to say, this journey will be a significant mental and physical challenge for me.
Sure, I have ridden further (London to Venice). Yes, I have bike packed (Auckland to Wellington with Sue). I have also climbed higher peaks (Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland). BUT….I have never done it alone. I have always had the company of other riders.
Starting at sparrow fart this Sunday, I will depart Auckland on my reliable Specialized Roubaix, with a couple of panniers and light back pack and head north – to Cape Reinga – and then back to Auckland.
I will be riding around 1100 km, and climbing around 12 500 metres (a lot of climbing carrying gear!!!)
My overnight stops are Mangawhai Heads (128 km/1793m climbing), Oakura (116km/1204m), Tapeka (52km/830m). Monganui (100km/1218m), Karikari Peninsula (52km/403m). Houhora – 2 nights (66km/384m, 137km/1678m), Rawene (124km/1093m), Turiwiri (111 km/1559m), Wellsford (103km/995m) and back to Auckland (86km/1159m).
I will have minimal gear with me – just a change of cycling knicks/jersey, plus basic non cycle clothing, toiletries, first aid and bike maintenance requirements.
I have upgraded my rear seat pannier and top tube bag – plus purchased a matching Specialized back pack – for very light gear only, as my dodgy back does not need much extra weight on it.
To the weather Gods – please, pretty please this is my request: no wind, no rain, not too hot, not too cold – just right!! That would be really dandy!!
In reality, my biggest risk are cars – I am on some pretty major roads, and whilst Kiwi’s are really friendly, some of their car drivers are amongst the worst I have experienced.
Am I scared and nervous – oh yes you bet I am!
However, I am sure this challenge will make me a stronger person and I will discover more about Sharron.
Hopefully I end looking like I did with Sue in Wellington – with a smile on my face…..