Trip Start Oct 14, 2008
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Average speed 17.2km/hr (Hannah cycle computer).
After a couple of stops at bike shops, who were varying levels of helpful, we sped out of town. Our bikes bulged with food, water and excess stuff as we believed we were heading to a no shops, no showers, no tearooms bit of the country.
Our mission into the wilderness was something of a disappointment in terms of wilderness finding but a delight in all other ways. We cycled along quiet back roads after leaving the highway out of Christchurch. First we came to a place the had a round about, a rare site in NZ and a great cafe, common in NZ but this one was special with bike parking and the nicest women serving, the sort of niceness/service that no training can produce, its just them, they are nice!
Then when we reached the spectacular Gorge, we discovered they did have showers and were in fact a large non-wilderness style campsite.
The fact that we had been willing to rough it though gave us pride and the fact that we didn't have to meant we were less likely to smell, which unless you are a cheese is always a good thing!