Tour Aotearoa Day 1

Got off to a good start by covering over my daily target of 110 miles. The side winds down 90 mile beach created difficult riding conditions but I managed to stick with one peloton before being spat out to join a second one to the end of the beach.
The day ended very hard for me but I managed to catch the Rawena ferry with 10 other cyclists so that I wouldn’t have to wait over night. Three of us continued on another 20 kms and bivvied up near a building. The 5 hour sleep I got there was deep and great. I felt very good when I woke up this morning.

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The obligatory shot of the distance sign at Cape Reinga. Most northerly point of New Zealand

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Feeling nervous at the start

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A distant view of an approaching peloton along 90 mile beach

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Our bivvi spot for the night

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