Well Christmas is over and the New Year is well into its first month.
Aspiring Cyclewear has been selling well at the Nelson Market to both New Zealanders and overseas visitors.
The new special order is going to Australia and has a white embroidered Aspiring Cyclewear across the chest panel, plus it has knitted collar and cuffs.
I am the proud new owner of a Mongoose Randonneur touring bike. It is a refurbished bike and I think will give me many happy hours touring. The first two small trips I would like to do are from Nelson to Tapawera avoiding Spooners Range by turning off to the Golden Downs road and over a saddle and out on the main road near Kohatu. Down the road to Tapawera for the night and maybe explore the country roads round the area. Then next day ride down the Motueka Valley to Woodstock and through to Dovedale and Thorp then through to Wakefield via Pigeon Valley. There will be a bit of gravel but mainly it will be tarmac. I have armadillo Infinity Specialized tyres which look as if they will be a good compromise giving a bit of grip on gravel and fast enough on the tarmac.
Golden Bay is next on the agenda. I went there last year on my mountain bike hoping to go over to the Westhaven Inlet to Paterau a wild West Coast beach with rural scenery and wild ocean beaches. Unfortunately the wind was really bad last year and I only got as far as Pakawau on the Golden Bay side. Still lovely, but I would like to have another go at doing the full trip. Golden Bay is a wonderful place to ride. Beautiful beaches and inland there are bush clad hills and river valleys with old goldmining sites to explore. From Collingwood the trip up the valley to Bainham and beyond is definitely worthwhile, and there is a wonderful cafe, the Naked Possum nearby for lunch. Also a stop at the Bainham store is a must. This is the area where the Heaphy Track starts on the Golden Bay side if you are into tramping.