There is an African proverb that says: "if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Today was about distance .....the longest day of the ride...well we hope it is. Breakfast at 5.00 am and dinner at 9.00 pm and a full day of riding in between. Those riders who did the South Island three years ago were delighted to see the sun out as they travelled through Arthur''s Pass. They got to see the views that were covered in mist last time. A highlight was the viaduct where we rode or drove under the huge pipe and waterfall.
230 kms with approximately 1400 metres of climbing does not add up to a fast day, but it does add up to a day of "going together". We watched in awe as Team 27 powered up the hills. We watched in greater awe as those new to riding persevered and struggled as others encouraged them with a hand on their back...riding together.
Fundraising totals so far are $37,000 with 9 new child sponsorships. We are thrilled with these totals. There is still time to join us in supporting the work of EW Zambia. Please consider making a donation or committing to the ongoing support of a child to encourage these riders in the coming days. Today we passed quarter way through the journey. We hope the fundraising totals grow as we continue.
Time for bed now to recharge the batteries for another day on the road.