So home after the 97 slow km on the bike I checked the news and read that Mt Ruapehu is poised for an eruption in the near future. I thought about Kate and me being headed to Taupo on Friday for the round the lake cycle challenge and imagined 20km high ash plumes as there were in 1995...wondering if it is possible to cycle in a mask? Ruapehu makes itself known at several points on the course as you sweat your way to the top a hill and look across at its spectacular snow covered peaks. Surely...surely we wont be unlucky enough to have another event cancelled...this time for a misbehaving volcano! On the other hand, if it was cancelled I could hopefully get the shoulder in better shape in the 5 weeks left to the Rotorua half Ironman, and I have to selfishly say that if there is going to be a risk of a volcano I would much rather it now than in March next year at Ironman time.
|Ruapehu crater lake|