Three Sisters, One Andy

Fri 23rd September: Franz Joseph Glacier to Haast – 145 km

Franz Josef was the perfect place to rest. Saying that, three days of hard cycling were beginning to take their toll and our team was riddled with injuries. Thankfully, other than a longing for a softer saddle, I managed to keep injury free. This was such a blessing considering I had the Three Sisters to tame before lunch.

The-Kings-of-The-MountainRobbie, Andy and Paul at the top of the third sister

The Three Sisters were three mountains that we would have to climb, one directly after the other, only a few kilometers into our longest day of the whole tour. They were a very intimidating prospect and anyone with any sort of niggle would know all about it by the top for the third sister. Although on paper, the rest of the route was quite flat, it wouldn’t be long before the sweeping undulations would turn in to one final fierce climb. Half way up the climb was a beautiful cliff top view of the Tasman sea. This was to be our final view of the west coast.

Tasman ViewThe final view of the Tasman sea before we headed onto Haast

Any other day this type of climb would be quite doable, but with 120 kilometers and the Three Sisters completed already that day, it really was a tough slog. By the time we had arrived at Haast there was a lot of very defeated looking characters.

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