Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2 weeks out from the start of my big taupo ride

2 weeks out update

Hi everyone this is a update on a few different things with my big taupo ride with the start of the my taupo ride around 2 weeks away  (start date is around the 18th of October)
First up - please let others include your friends know about this ride including sharing it on Facebook - expressly the link to the fund-raising page  /part of the ride  also maybe any media to help spread  the word  out about the ride out there (including the fund-raising side of the ride)

The training for the taupo ride is now done : )  -  after 12000 + km in the last year or so on my different  bikes  I have done the best I can do  - also I'm not going to be getting any more fiter this close to the start of the ride  but will get in some  more rides this week /early next week (mostly playing around with the set up on the other/back up bike  (mostly fine tuning  : )

There is a few more bike things still to get as I finalize the kit lists for the bikes  (including a tool's and spare parts list for each bike)

When I was last in taupo a few?  Weeks ago I did a full test run by going from the place I'm planning on staying at (around 10 km from taupo) in to taupo then around the lake then back to the place I started  - 183 km and 2000 m of climbing  -  the ride went well even though it rain for parts of it  - the main difference between that ride and the planed big taupo ride was the food/drink as I'm planning on using hammer  (sports food) on the ride  - it's the same suff I used on other long rides including most of my past taupo rides so I know it works for me  : ) the rest of the ride was done in the way I'm planning on doing during the big taupo ride 

The plan is to head down to taupo some time next week  with gear and bikes   in time for any last minute jobs (there's always last minute jobs : )

Links and how to follow/get in contact with me on the Internet

The Facebook page for my taupo ride is at


Looking at/hoping to use  map my ride  and Strava on the ride (using my phones to record that info - as the Garmin edge 500 that I had been using died on me (and there is no spare money to spend on a replacement gps bike computer - extremely tight budget ) -  on map my ride under damiana day  and Strava under damiana day (at less that's what I think I'm under?  With them : )


Twitter - @gypsyonabike

Blog  - www.lifeonabikeinnz.blogspot.co.nz

My everyday Travel Facebook page

life on the road by bike and on foot Facebook page - https://m.facebook.com/Life-on-the-road-by-bike-and-on-foot-487124424703197/

Fundraising for heart kids

I will be fundraising for heart kids as I do my big taupo ride  - here's a bit more about that(the fund-raising side of things - from the fund-raising page that I have set up -

 I have created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm inspired by the work of Heart Kids NZ and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Cycle for Heart Kids 2016. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Heart Kids NZ, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

The link to the fund-raising page is at https://cycleforheartkids2016.everydayhero.com/nz/damiana-s-taupo-bike-ride

- thanks to the great people at spot nz -http://www.spotnz.com and (Facebook) https://m.facebook.com/Hirespotnz/ you will be able to track where I am as I ride around the lake - link to the tracking website for the ride to come soon (note from what I understand it will be a different website then the one I have been using on my round nz tour )

If any of the links don't work please let me know so I can fix them : )

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