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Day 9 - Fox Glacier to Haast 
12th-Mar-2007 08:36 pm
Open Road!

Oklahoma: "Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, I've got this wonderful feeling everythings going my way."

Right up until the rain hit. Actually it wasn't that bad, and I knew it was coming. 

The surprise was that the rain held off for about 40Ks of good, fun riding. 

Because it was going to be a long day I left early. Really early. As in switch on the dynamo its still dark out there. 

And even with the (light) rain I was having a really good day. I reached the originally planned lunch point at Salmon Farm by 11AM and had a nifty Ham/Cheese/Tomato toasted sandwich to tide me over to lunch (which we bought there for consumption later). 

The next 30-40Ks included the only really nasty hill of the day and lunch was at the top of the second summit. And in truth it wasn't as bad as the hills between Franz Josef and Fox but it also came after I'd already ridden 90Ks in a morning.

I had lunch in the van and continued on in the rain which got quite heavy for a bit, along with occasional headwinds (which I could have done without, thank you). Then the descents and the flat, and fast run to Haast which I really enjoyed. And I got to Haast early enough to have a nap before dinner. Its all good.

One note about descending in the rain: judicious braking early and often. I was, I know I was, but I still managed an impressive max speed for the day somewhere in there...

And now the stats:

Tour Distance651.96Distance Today120.10
Tour Time39:11Time Today6:44:32
Average Speed16.9Delta+0.24
Max Speed63.3Max Today62.1

Overall I didn't mind the rain that much today; I was in a groove, the road was good, and I was really rolling. 

Oooh! Oooh! I met a guy on a Trice XL coming the other way. I've heard good things about ICE for a while now but this was the 1st time I'd actually seen one, and he let me sit in it too!. It was gorgeous. I are in lust...

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