29 Feb. The chance of rain and high winds was due to reduce early morning, so I booked a mid morning start from Annie’s in Tekapo. It is about a 45 min drive to Tekapo from where we were staying in Twizel. Annie had someone to drive Anara’s car back to Twizel and we were cycling by 11:15, getting a coffee stop in before we left Tekapo around midday.
About two thirds of the journey is along the hydro power canals, so long straight stretches. The first person we met was Hal from Middlesborough/Cardiff. He was a north-bound walker also on a bike for this stretch. Later we overtook Sarah and Julia from Berlin. They were south-bound walking the canal stretches. I may see them on the sections ahead. With about an hour of stops to take in views and lunch, we completed 55km in 6 hours. Not a section I would like to have walked.
Anara’s vegetarian curry for dinner made a lovely change to my diet over the last couple of months.