Jan 13, 2012

Distance today = 52.50 km; Total distance = 669.03 km; Location = Rakaia –  43 45.203′ S, 172 00.93′ E; Start time = 0903, Finish time = 1706


A solid 52.5 km today, with a very windy afternoon. Remember to click on the link above to have a look at where I ran.

I stopped in Ashburton after 17 km to do a local media interview. We then got talking with the ladies in the information office, had something to eat and, before you know it, it was 12:30 pm by the time I left. It made for a long afternoon, almost entirely on back roads, but I’m not complaining.

I actually felt very good today. I reckon it was the great steak and veges meal that Libby cooked last night, washed down with a nice shiraz.

We have struck gold again tonight, staying at the lovely St Ita’s B&B in Rakaia. A big thank you to Miriam and Ken for putting us up for the night. The place is magnificent.

Tomorrow I head off to Christchurch, which I should reach in a single day. We’re hoping the tremors stay away for our visit. Fingers crossed.