Deja vu all over again. Except not.
Once again I'm covering the same route in reverse but with better weather.
Although I may be coming down with something - there have been a few minor symptoms and (more importantly) I don't seem to be lasting for more than about 4 1/2 hours ride time.
The initial ride out of Haast is fast and flat and makes for a nice warm up, especially on a warm day like we had today. After that come three climbs leading to Knight Point which is a nice lookout over the Tasman Sea (it is called the West Coast Escape for a reason you know :) ). From there it is a nice ride alternately through forests and/or alongside lakes (Lake Moeraki is the main one IIRC) to the Salmon Farm Cafe for lunch.
From there it was a nice ride to Bruce Bay which is lined with cairns made from the rocks sent down the rivers by glacial run-off. Quite an impressive sight - it looks like tourists have been doing this for years and it is quite a distinctive look. From there I rode a short distance further on and called it a day.
And here are the stats:
| Day||Max ||Average ||Distance ||Time ||BJ Rank || Against|
| 23|| 63.7|| 17.8|| 81.67|| 4:35:24|| 670|| 4970|
| || || Totals|| 1104.3|| 59:40:06|| || |
Of course it does mean that I know what is coming tomorrow...