. . . on a good day.
Well, that’s according to a marketing jingle pushed for years by the local City Council. And when a slightly cold morning turned into a cloudless and hot day, a late afternoon ride was arranged.
Kev, Kem and Dale set off at 5:30, making the most of warm, still conditions, bright late afternoon sunshine and relatively free roads – a broken-down bus at the Airport roundabout being largely responsible for this (and for traffic jams all the way back into the CBD apparently). Good for cyclists, but frustrating for motorists trying to get home. Luckily we left early and missed the worst of it.
Rounding the Bays the lack of traffic hinted at a fast trip, had it not been for the photo-stops, taking advantage of the late afternoon light, and time-out just to admire the view. Clearly others had similar thoughts: groups cycling, swimming, fishing, and diving were all spotted, and many others were just relaxing in the sun.
While the ride was no doubt beneficial, the real attraction on such a great day was the view across the water back to Wellington CBD and the surrounding hills. And what was surprising was the quality of some of the shots (including those at the top and bottom of this post) Dale managed while still riding – probably not to be recommended, but effective none the less.