The southern Lakes district summer was the best summer in decades. Marlborough, my home turf, turned on the sun. I am a fine weather biker but the blustery sleet we encountered in the McKenzie Country was a good challenge for us and our gear.
The final test was a 630km ride for Wellington to Auckland in one day during April. It took us 11 hours and I arrived feeling ready to do it all again.
The farm and the hills that are my Turangawaewae -The place of my Reader family since the 1860's. Havelock, Marlborough.
Molesworth Station- a back country gravel road, open for a few weeks each summer.
Beyond the vineyards in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough.
A river crossing on the 4WD Rainbow Valley Rd. I discovered my bike boots are waterproof as I paddled across.