Hole in One - Almost
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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A lovely lady arrived in her car and out jumped a beautiful black lab. We had a good cuddle (with the dog, not the lady) and a good chat (with the lady, not the dog). She was lovely, Nic Nation was her name and she even invited us to stay with her for the night.
We climbed the first hill of the day, no chance to ease ourselves in after the exertions of yesterday. It was raining for most of the first 10 miles and the ride continued to be pretty hard work
We hit a plateau after 10 miles and the rest of the day was much more enjoyable. The last 10 miles into Taupo even seemed to be downhill which was so welcome as the legs and back muscles are burning. The sun came out and the lake looked good. The area is famed for its thermal waters and as we pedalled around the shoreline we saw steam rising from little pools on the water’s edge. A quick test confirmed the water was very bath like.
In Taupo we settled with coffee and cake before taking on the Taupo Golf Challenge. A golf flag mounted on a platoon out on the lake offered £5000 for a hole in one. I could not resist and splashed out on a bucket of balls. The hole was 180 yards away, my first shot hit the platoon only inches from the flag. We all jumped thinking it was in. 20 balls later I had hit the platform a few more times but still not holed one. If you are waiting for this story to lead to us winning £5000 I will tell you now, it did not happen.
We cycled off to the campsite which was annoyingly at the top of a hill but still arrived early enough to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun. A much more straight forward day on the bike and a chance to take it easy again!
Miles Cycled: 44 and they were much easier than yesterday