For Labour weekend we went with a pack of friends to Hanmer Springs. Tony and his family, Ola and Tomek and Murad. The road trip was surprisingly long (with breaks it took pretty much entire day) and the kids did not enjoyed it that much. But once we reached the destination everyone enjoyed it a lot. Springs, short walks, weather, and mountain biking was just brilliant. Sprinkle it with a pretty dramatic France-All Blacks RWC final. I have managed to squeeze in morning run to a nearby hill, and the next day we went with Ala and Tomek up to Mt. Isobel. We have done it in just over 2hrs from the pass (light, almost running). Great views, windy.
On both days I’ve done mountain biking training for the upcoming Himalayan trip. All the red trails were fine, although some elements I had to walk through the first time round. I’ve repeated few loops and got much more confident on steep ascents. Awesome biking playground up there.