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Mark J Thomson

Almost Kingmaker 1000

Almost Kingmaker 1000

455 mi
13.0 mph
15,350 ft
15,625 ft
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Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.94 mi
Cows in the mist
16.4 mi
My fair weather cycling companion
58.6 mi
Heading the Te Awamutu from Cambridge over peat swamps
64.7 mi
Family of 5 - soon to be 6, getting about as they should!
68.6 mi
97.4 mi
Pretty Kiwi!
161 mi
Moonrise over Te Awamutu
261 mi
Moonset the next morning, over the Hauraki wetlands
284 mi
A man happy in his work.
294 mi
Nice quiet road
297 mi
Pretty seaside town of Kaiaua
340 mi
Traffic jam on the Hauraki plains... cattle crossing
384 mi
Waikato River at Ngaruawahia
459 mi
All finished... called off due to poor weather.
455 mi



Tour Profile

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went cycling.

April 17, 2022


  • This event centers on the Waikato town of Matamata. A sleepy little shire where the filming of hobbits began, and ended, where kingdom's rose and fell, and battles were won and lots.


    But this ride is not about a fictional kingdom. This ride covers the land once ruled by a real kingmaker: Wiremu Tamihana

    April 19, 2022
  • I started at 06:00 on the 16th - Easter Saturday. It was cold but not enough for full jacket and winter gloves. Setting off into the quiet Waikato dark, the wrong way... hardly an auspicious start... re-orient... double check, go the right way!


    I was mostly familiar with the route to Cambridge and growing

    April 19, 2022

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