Our course involved lots of hills and today I had a new member of the club, Todd and a visitor from Wellington, Julian to work with on the hill climb sections of the Paekakariki Hills, the Haywoods and the Akatarawas.
This course is quite challenging in places. It is one of my favourite rides due to the hills, the scenery and the places it takes us. The ride goes through Paekakariki, Pauatahanui, Upper Hutt, Reikorangi, Waikanae and returning along SH1 to Paraparaumu.
I was most satisfied to get back home in good shape as I haven't done many long rides over the last 2 months.
Here are some pictures of how my cycle ride looked today.
|Paekakariki Road after reaching top|
|Blurry Kapiti Island|
|Top of Haywoods|
|Upper Hutt turn off to Akatarawas and Waikanae|
|Ready for a short burst home along SH1|
For those interested it took 3 hours 50 minutes to complete the ride. A more than respectable time but importantly a most enjoyable ride.