Kepler In A Day Again!

3 November 2020 - David Cary

Monday and Tuesday this week were forecast to be splendid mild early summer days. Finding myself not over busy and feeling antsy I had planned on a quick trip up Mt. Titiroa.

On Sunday quite randomly I found needed to be in town on Tuesday for a interview so that postponed my original plan.

Kepler Track

Instead I opted, perhaps unwisely, for a one day Kepler, usually I bail at about 50km at Rainbow Reach but this time I was determined to do the full loop track.

Kepler Track

As usual I had a fabulous time over the tops to Moturau but that last stretch always hurts and this time I had 15km of it.

Kepler Track

I went slowly and felt contained, completely within myself, though somewhat sore. It took 14 hours and I found while I seem to have more endurance than ever I seem to have become a little slow. I am ok with that, most of what I do, where there is not a track within sight, is slow and deliberate anyway.

Kepler Track

Living down in the south, we are not accustomed to heat. As much as we enjoy the luxury of a warm sun, for us 20C is a hot day. I had a Tuke with me, a new one rushed together on Sunday as my personal one now lives permanently with Sammy Stoat. It was great, I barely noticed it. I did learn though that X-Pac works well against the skin even on a hot day for us, against a merino shirt it does get sweaty but the only time I noticed was putting it on again after a short rest. Perhaps the most welcome lesson to me, my Whittakers Chocolate supply, safely stashed in the base pocket, never came even close to melting.

Kepler Track, Tired at Rocky Point