So this morning - a Sunday! - was cold and clear, but best of all there was no wind… usually I am far too lazy to take advantage of this but luckily not today.

I decided I wanted to try a new (to me) track up in the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park called Kārearea - it’s downward pointing without being a downhill track, if you know what I mean. But first I had to get to the top of the hill.

Pretty good view from up there:

looking down on mountain bikers on tracks

Lots of people out and about, and it being still relatively early the crowds skewed older and more sedate (which I liked).

It’s always nice to see the streets far below that I rode on to get to the foot of the hill:

looking back towards Karori

From here I could drop down over a couple of remodelled tracks I hadn’t been on in years to get to Kārearea which was as fun and swoopy as the name suggests without being too advanced for my spectacular lack of actual skill.

I carried on across the ridgelines of the Skyline Track to just above Otari-Wilton’s Bush, where I could look back to our house on the hill opposite…

obligatory bike shot

I need to do more of this.

Gathadair @dubh
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