It was the ANNUAL Bike to Breakfast, run by the Auckland City Council, today. (The first time Helen and I have partaken). And early start from Te Atatu at 5.55am in the dark, hoping to reach the 'bike bus' at Pt Chev by 6.30. This is us on top of the ramp on the motorway overbridge by Patiki Road en route to Pt Chev.
The group awaiting us when we got to Pt Chev crossroads - yes, that's a lot of lycra and fluoros.
Before heading out, Mark (organiser of bike bus) read the 'rules' - two abreast etc. Plan was to meet up with Frocks on Bikes going down Queen Street.
And so we set off past Western Springs - motorway in full flow to the side - and we pretty much kept to a tight bunch.
Waited at the lights at St Lukes Rd.
Cycling down behind Kingsland.
Finally up to the top of the hill - Upper Queen St - with police escort waiting, ready. That's Helen there.
About to head off down Queen Street - K Rd in the distance.
And we're off. . .
K Rd lights.
Heading down Queen St, we picked up Frocks on Bikes on the way down.
Police car about to intervene and allow us through against the lights on the main road through Auckland City. YAY.
Helen looking back as the police car comes forward .. . Frocks on bikes 'feeling the moment'.
A frock putting her bike up on the stand once we reached Viaduct Basin.
Bike, bikes and more bikes
Plenty of stands for all the bikes that came in from all four corners of Auckland.
I like the sails visible beyond all the bikes.
We headed in to see what was for breakfast.
Muesli, yoghurt, toast, fruit, fruit drinks, snack bars, liquid breakfast, coffee - I think we had it all!
Prizes distributed. The Frocks on Bikes crowd included us in their group, and we all ended up on stage and received a free back pack full of goodies. TV One Breakfast show did a short segment with the FOB crowd and HER (Handlebra Easy Riders) hung around in the background.
Contemplating leaving after a good hour there.
My outfit and bike and a very satisfied expression . . .
Helen just as smug.
. . . and straight to Britomart to try for a train out to Henderson - a much more salubrious way to get past the deep hills surrounding the city.
Free bike travel this week, so it only cost us single fare out on the special carriage for disabled people (wheelchairs) or bikes. We felt a wee bit disabled by this stage.
Got to Henderson, and then had a great coffee, and then followed the very pleasant cycle trail to Te Atatu and home.