A quick message tonight so that we can stock up on our rest. The South Islanders had an uneventful drive and ferry ride north (can't forget the 110-km dash to the ferry by our hardcore Nelson-based tandem duo), while the North Islanders arrived in Wellington via planes, buses and automobiles.
Quick introductions at Wellington YHA tonight before Mark and Alex's briefing, and then it was off to the last supper. Well, last supper before we tackle the Rimutakas tomorrow. Thanks to some last-minute schedule juggling, the initial plan to take off in two groups (those on road bikes vs those on mountain bikes) has been adjusted, and instead we'll depart Upper Hutt as a single group. Should make quite a statement, all of us in our flouro tops, with Mr Mike and Bridget (our dedicated support crew) in the van behind. It's all uphill from here!