Kopiko Aotearoa – Day 1
I put my name down for a cycling event called the Kopiko Aotearoa last year. I'd been working 7 days-a-week on a work project and it had just been abruptly cut thanks to COVID19. My frustrated mind wandered, and for some reason the idea of riding 1200kms across the widest and most remote part of New Zealand seemed to appeal. All I had to do was send and email and I was entered. It was a deceptively easy step and one that made me instantly feel better!As the weeks ticked over some questions would pop into my head... The obvious one was 'Should I really be leaving my partner and kids for a 2 week cycle junket?' 'Can I even afford the time off work (if I have any work)? these rational, sensible worries turned to; 'Can I actually cycle 1200km?' 'Could I cycle AND sketch and how would I do that?' 'Could I afford to take an hours break once or twice a day to do nice finished sketches?' 'Maybe I could do multiple 5-10 min sketches throughout the day?'. I settled on this option as I figured it wouldn't slow me down too much – the sketches would have to be quick and loose though. This turned out to be a great option as my mate Ian signed up to join me for the ride and I didn't fancy slowing others down.
A small, particularly un-chatty bunch of riders waited at the road end. The event is not a race, yet the other riders take off like it most definitely is! This could be a long, lonely 1,100km ride I thought to myself!