To begin with everything was fine. Good road, good riding, lovely scenery as I rode up the Haast River valley (you don't often see a four lane river). Thunder Falls were pretty.
Then the weather started to go bad, and got really bad as I began the major climb.
I can handle hills, headwinds, rain, and cold.
Just not all of them at once. :(
Justin picked me up as I crawled past the Gates of Haast (which really should be called the Gates of Hell given the climb that follows) and I rode in the van to Makarora from there.
The not particularly impressive stats:
|Tour Distance||702.48||Distance Today||50.52|
|Total Ride Time||42:22||Ride Time Today||3:11:11|
Hopefully I'll do better tomorrow.