A Trip to the Glacier

Wed 21st September:Hokitika to Franz Joseph Glacier – 132 km

Bikes laid out at at HokitikaOur bikes laid out for us at our motel in Hokitika before a tough day on the saddle

Day three, from Hokitika to Franz Josef, turned out to be our hilliest day in the saddle. Cycling though the rain forests was amazing and helped to distract from the long drags. The aches and pains were starting to settle in but any thoughts of feeling sorry for myself would have to be wiped clear if I was to conquer Mount Hercules!

IRFU Charitable Trust Team with English Rugby FansMixing with English Rugby Fans on our lunch break before the climb up Mount Hercules

Thankfully, the months of training up the Cork-Screw Hill in the Burren had me well prepared for this obstacle. Before I knew it I had zigzagged my way up to the imposing summit and could look forward to traversing all the way down the other side. There was still a lot of cycling to be done but our reward for the hard slog would be our first rest day at the foot of the incredible Franz Josef Glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier Franz Josef Glacier

After a night of partying a few of us decided the best way to shake off our hangover would be to go kayaking in Lake Mapourika. Most people in our tour took a heli-hike up the glacier itself but as I was lucky enough to have visited it before I decided to try something a little different. We had a nice relaxing day in the shadow of the incredible glacier but the highlight of the day was listening to former Irish out-half, Mick Quin tell us his hilarious stories from his time touring New Zealand and playing the All Blacks. None of which could be repeated on this blog!

Lake MapourikaKayakaing on Lake Mapourika

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