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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Tuesday, 1 February 2005
Hamner Springs to Christchurch. Sunday 30 January







1) Looking back up the pass towards Hanmer Springs

2) Amberley Tearooms




We got away at 8.30 with the help of a continental breakfast delivered to the room the previous evening.

Hamner Springs is on a 10K deadend side turn from the main road so we headed down this road first. The main road had some ups and downs but more downs as we gradually descended from 1300ft to sea level.

We made good time and stopped for elevenses at 11.00 for a change at some tearooms at Culverden. We then headed on along a road quite flat and straight through Balmoral Forest to stop for lunch at more tearooms in Waikari. We then had a climb of about 100ft to the Wepa Pass followed by a 600ft descent. On the descent we spotted the Wepa Pass Steam train
labouring up the hill.

We stopped for tea at Amberley Tearooms passing up the chance to visit Amberley beach due to lack of time.We arrived at our B & B near Christchurch City Centre at about 6.00 pm.

Distance for the day was 81.4 miles with 1049ft of climb 2106ft of descent. Our average speed was 11.2 mph and time riding was 7hrs 7mins.

remote Posted by Edwin at 5:28 PM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 1 February 2005 8:59 PM EADT
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