Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tip Track

Thursday, Bec and I got up stupid-early and went for a ride up the Tip Track on the way to work. Helen stayed in bed and slept in. I was out of the house by 7:00AM to meet Bec and the bottom of the Tip Track at 7:30AM.

It was probably the coldest morning we have had this year. A southerly had been blowing all week and the skies actually cleared Wednesday night. This meant that it was about 5°C (41°F) when I left the house. Down in the valleys there was frost on most cars and some lawns. In some places there was quite a lot of fog as well.

The sun hadn't risen high enough yet so we started the climb in the shade. This isn't necessarily such a bad thing as it is pretty steep and you get pretty warm just from the exertion of trying to ride up it. It didn't take long before we were high enough for the first rays of morning sun to hit us. We could then see the harbour completely fogged in with the top of Mount Victoria just poking through.

Mount Vic just poking through the clouds.

The view across to the Orongorongos was amazing! Island Bay was completely fogged in. The highest point on the skyline in Mount Mathews, which we climbed back in March.

Island Bay and the Orongorongos

Bec had to be at work a bit earlier than I expected so we had to boogie down the hill and didn't get a chance to ride a couple of the better singletracks up on the ridge. Oh well, next time!

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