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Day 851: Mount Cook – Omarama

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Feb - 03 - 2013

Distance: 90.3 km
Ridetime: 4:33:05
Average: 19.7 km/h
Max speed: 36.5 km/h
Total distance: 18518 km

When I cycle, even after a hard day, my legs usually feel fine the next morning. After the 8 hour hike yesterday, I couldn’t say the same now. You clearly use very different muscles when you hike compared to cycling. I had planned that this would be a rest day, but it didn’t really work out that way. First of all I decided to start the day with another hike up the Hooker Valley.

The 2 hour hike was flat and easy enough, but on the way back I could really feel my legs.

The next thing was that my food supply was running low, and there was no supermarket on Mount Cook. I therefore thought I should start moving towards Twizel some 60 km away. Luckily I found that as long as I was sitting down on the bike and not pushing too hard, my legs were still fine for cycling even though I could hardly walk at this point.

As I arrived in Twizel I hobbled into the supermarket and loaded up on food, including a good mix of fruit and vegetables. I then though that since I had made it this far, I might as well cycle the last 30 km to Omarama where there would be a free camp site.

And so, on the day that was supposed to be a rest day I ended with a 2 hour hike and 90 km of cycling. I think tomorrow will have to be the real rest day then.

Categories: New Zealand
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