One thing that we discovered rather quickly in the course of arranging this ride is that the logistics are not to be underestimated.
The notion of traversing the length of the country by bicycle is a very romantic one – especially when it is geared toward inspiring others and bringing about exposure for a deserving organisation such as Youthline. The problem however is that pragmatism inevitably steps on the toes of the romantic.
Grand ideas give way to time constraints; enthusiasm is dampened by the weight of finances; and the road ahead becomes significantly more daunting.
The logistical pressures of this ride have thus far been allayed significantly thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, whose logos you’ll find proudly displayed on this page. A big thanks goes out to those already behind us, and we’d like to extend a warm welcome to Interislander, who have recently jumped onboard as well.
Our first crossing will be on 1 January 2013 – to make our way southward for the Grand Depart on 3 January 2013.
Despite this day landing smack bang in the middle of Interislander’s peak season – they were sympathetic to our requests, and willing to back our endeavour. When we make our way back up the country, they will be helping us get back across too – which is an especially great help given our inability to provide an exact date for the second crossing!
Because we are wanting to fund this ride out of pocket, so that all money received can be furnished to Youthline, the backing from Interislander alleviates a significant amount of financial pressure. For this we are very grateful.
I’d also like to reiterate the potential for adventure that exists with the companies that have backed us so far. If Intercity are able to get you mostly anywhere in New Zealand, then it must be pointed out that Interislander provide a crucial link between some of the country’s finest landscapes.
For those who haven’t sampled the rugged hills of Wellington, and for those unacquainted with the beautiful sounds and national parks at the top of the South Island – catching the Interislander across the strait is a lovely and scenic way to kick off your journey.
I’m no stranger to loading a bicycle into the cargo area with just a backpack on my shoulders for a mission into the South Island. There is some fantastic riding, on or off road, awaiting at the other end, and it’s a lot simpler than you’d think.
So a huge thank you to Interislander for their generosity, and a hearty recommendation from your humble scribe to give them a look-in when you plot your next adventure.