Riders woke up this morning to drizzling rain and very cold conditions. Nerves were on edge and excitement was evident. The navigators had practised their run out of Christchurch so the day started smoothly. There was quite a long, flat stretch of beautiful scenery which helped teams settle into a rhythm and calm nerves.
Our support vehicle caught up with Team 20 after their first decent climb. They were hungry and cold but pleased with their effort. It's amazing how quickly a team spirit develops, which spurs them on and encourages each member that they will complete the day. Team 20 are expected to average 20 kms per day.....which doesn't happen without cooperation.
The lunch spot was freezing and they were eager to get back on their bikes. We hit the road in front of them and continued on our way until Team 27 was spotted at the top of a long, gruelling hill . Their first question was to ask after Team 20. Friendly rivals who at the same time want each other to succeed.
Miraculously as the riders reached the steepest climbs the sun came out , clouds cleared and amazing views of snow capped mountains emerged. Andy swears he saw Mordor from Lord of the Rings, but local knowledge told us we saw the site for filming of a battle in Narnia .
The day finished in the small village of Arthur's Pass. After a hearty meal, riders were keen to hit the sack ready for a 6.00 am start in the morning . In devotions this morning ba Lackson reminded us that the effort this week will be rewarded. It takes time to see the lives of the children in Zambia change. But the change is real as they move through school and graduate to a future of which they could have never dreamed. This is why we participate in Challenge for Change.