Having survived the festive season, it's back into the second half of the CTR season with a vengence. Leslie and I were not at Brights Farm, so if anyone got out and took photos, drop the WATRC webmaster a line and we can get some onto the site.
Instead, we tripped over to the Wairarapa and the Daisybank CTR. An award winning farm near the Murdoch James vineyard south of Martinborough, Daisybank has gentler terrain than Brights - probably comparable to Waitohu. I amazed myself by walking the 20 km loop in slightly over the 40 km intermediate time (but suffered for it the next day ;-). Dove unfortunately threw a shoe, so Leslie withdrew on completing the first loop in an emergency boot.
Like Brights, we had good weather with a few spots of drizzle that never developed into rain, although further north we could see the signs of a downpour in progress. The overcast conditions and light southerly helped keep things cool. The event had a smaller turnout than Brights, as many of the Wairarapa regulars were resting their horses following the North Island endurance championships the previous weekend.
We're now looking forward to Pikarere and the rest of the WATRC season, and no doubt will see you all there.