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So I live in Lower Hutt and my job is in Wellington. I've made the decision to do this ride from Melbourne to Adelaide in January with a group of people from around New Zealand and Australia to raise awareness for HFF and the work they do worldwide.
Recently, a partnership with Starship was formed so now we're helping in New Zealand as well. It's exciting stuff!!!
The only issue now is getting to and from work in one piece.
Some observations from Day 1. Loved it. Loved that I got to work in 50 minutes, probably about the same amount of time with waiting at the train station and walking to work.
I got to talk to more people, especially the two truck drivers who got up close and personal who got a one finger salute as they departed (seriously guys, 20cm really isn't sharing the road or giving cyclists room, especially when there are two lanes and no cars in the other one).
I got to see why cyclists choose to ride in the shoulder from Petone to Ngauranga and brave the cars rather than the bumps, debris and broken glass that litters the cycle way. I guess that glass is from people on a Saturday night who can't be bothered taking their empties home, must be so much more convenient for them to chuck them out the window.
I got to contemplate how I could put this all to rights, some ideas weren't as good as others but it's all brainstorming right?? Might have to get that down on paper and come up with ways to make it happen instead of just complaining about it. I got to plan the conversation I was going to have with the truck drivers company when I rang to tell them about my wonderful experience with the big two trailer truck.
But all in all I was pretty pleased with my first training ride. And the support from my colleagues when I walked into the office looking disheveled was awesome and very motivating.
Day 1 complete. Happy as.