So we did it! Two long hard weeks of biking to Hamilton and back again. And it’s going to be a while before I attempt something crazy like that again, that’s for sure.
The bikers: Michael Gray, Graeme Knowles, Stephen Loader, Kyle Nelson
Our support crew: Ray Cheung, Scott Connell, Teresa O’keefe
And a special thanks to everyone who donated their time, money and resources in helping us on our venture.
There were a few highlights; the downhills, epic scenery, Dene & Johanne Coghlan’s place, meeting David Farrier in a 3 News interview, meeting Petra Bagust at the World Vision campsite, and seeing Switchfoot perform live once again.
Downpoints; the uphills, sore bits, getting sworn at & chased down by a roadworker for accidentally hitting a street cone, leaving my Parachute ticket in the car, the tent leaking at Parachute, the heat (especially on The Desert road on the way back when I ran out of water!), giving up on my bike and having to dismantle it, and mediating a team conflict.
But even with the negatives it was a good way of growing and learning. I made it through in the end and found out who I really am, the distance I’m willing to go for the things I believe in (corny I know, but it’s true).
We also made it into a few media outlets:
02/02/10 – Challenge Weekly
01/02/10 – The Waikato Times
29/01/10 – 3 News (+ video)
07/10/09 – The Upper Hutt Leader
19/03/09 – Parachute Music
We’re also having a raffle this Sunday on Main Street in Upper Hutt. Feel free to stop by, tickets are $4 and all proceeds go to the health centre being built with help from World Vision.
Please check out our website at http://www.biketoparachute.tk, we’re still accepting donations. Do your part for Tubehoneza, Rwanda!