@Mr C I've had that fantasy ever since I've lived here too.
Might have to wait another decade or so
@ Bob. Heaps of "graders"( heavy machinery things used to flatten rough ground) on Google images if you want to check them out. Actually it wasn't really a proper grader, just a heavy roadworkers truck with an angled blade on the front scooping all the snow off the roads. Noticed they've also graded all the cateye reflector light thingies that used to all be spaced evenly in the middle of the roads( also a bit raised so your car tyres bump over them if you cross the centre line). Not a one left! All broken and smashed on the roadsides now! Will cost the Council 1000's to replace!
Yeah I did get to go down the lame side of the hill once at least( 8percent tops) but was actually quite disapointing.
Oh well went for a midweek ride tonight
Crazy! Tested out my newish light, heaps better than my old one. Just went to Lyttelton and back. Quite chilly but not too bad. Very dark with New Moon in a few days so no light from the moon. Not so many people driving out there which was good, but as I haven't biked much over there recently even in the daytime wasn't sure where all the new lumps, bumps, fixed up cracks and potholes etc were so found a few new ones. Impressed with my wheels, good quality spokes at least(touch wood). My old ones would have broken about five spokes by now
But man was I slow. Lucky I couldn't see my speedo as would have been torture
Air seemed really cold, dense and heavy and felt like I had the brakepads rubbing again. But it was just me
Recently I've had 6days off to recover b/t rides!
Strange riding down whats left of Lytteltons short main street for the first time since Feb. Historic buildings,theatres gone, empty supermarket and new spaces taken over by some of the locals. Looked like temporary bars/cafe's had sprung up housed in big tents or something? Oh well at least the people were getting out and about...
When I got back to Govs noticed to my horror my time was less than 1min faster than my old fast times when I use to do a extra six k's to top of Evans Pass and back . Soon my virtual self had passed me and put another five minutes on me by the time I got home. Not sure if it was the cold, but my CC only read 40k's instead of around 47km so said I'd only averaged 21kph
I mean, I was slow... But not that
47km? 1hr50:44 65.7kph Max