Saturday, February 20, 2010

Around Dairy Flat (Hah!)

I drove across to Torbay and met up with the Cowans and then convoyed up to Dairy Flat this morning, where we did a respectable 20 km ride around the rolling countryside past the aerodrome and some lovely lifestyle blocks.
The worst hill was the one we came down to start with, behind Naomi in the picture above. It went on and on.
The official group portrait (above). On the return voyage we went past a car in the yard with what looked like a body on it. Upon closer investigation it was a gallery of sorts so we went into the yard and found that the owners were friends of the Cowans. A delightful stop over including chat, coffee and cake, and roaming the grounds looking at sculptures that international artists were presently working on for a coming exhibition next weekend.

LOVED Bob the Aussie Terrier cross below.
Then I returned to Te Atatu and found Helen had gone off and obtained this delicious bike trailer. Opening the way for longer trips involving tents and equipment. Yay.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bike to Breakfast 2010

Looking forward to this annual event the night before - we met to check out our bikes and pimp them up suitably.
Neighbours, friends and family got involved of course.
The next morning, about to head off at 5.45 from Te Atatu, awaiting Jan who had slept through her alarm.
Taken on the Waterview bridge.
Jan's basket. . .
Helen's basket. . .
My basket . . .
and the helmets of course.
Joined the bike bus at Pt Chev and continued along the cycle path toward the city.
We didn't have a police escort down Queen Street this time, but still, it was great fun.

Arrived at the Viaduct and got swept into a frenzy of photos and television which was unexpected and very exhilarating. Breakfast was forgotten what with interviews with Tamati from TVOne breakfast show (below). That's Jenny from Cycle Action Auckland with Jan.
The winning helmet!
Helen won an Avanti bike for her outfit.
Finally got to take helmets off and enjoy a great breakfast, before cycling back up Queen St and home.
My angel looks exactly as I felt upon arrival back at Te Atatu.
Some clips from the tv show.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Waiwera and surrounds

We four did the trip from Waiwera along the country road inland following the inlet/stream yesterday. Beautiful day, and a patch of 3kms of gravel within the 23kms we did on which to practice for the Rail Trail.
Heading off around the corner under the bridge leading into the township.
On gravel (below) and enjoying a break from the jarring.

We stopped at a War Memorial that was pretty substantial as far as they go.
And on the way home found this private bridge appealing - if only we could have jumped into the inviting water below.
We did have an iceblock and a swim in the sea at Waiwera before returning to the Cowan's for bbq and champagne. Then a bit of desultory planning for the Rail Trail and some more pictures to view on the lounge wall from John's laptop.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bike Wise to Work Challenge

I am finding this challenge a real incentive to getting out there. Have done my third trip in to work in the city, as well as some adventure cycling in the weekend, and amassed 133 kms in the last week alone. Stunning - for me that is! I find it amazing that only a couple of years ago I watched the cycle lane from the bus on the North Western motorway and just didn't even contemplate that I could get that far, let alone to work. Yee ha.