Sense of satisfaction after 42km ride

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by Alexia Johnston

Temuka pupils are proud of their efforts after completing a section of the Otago Central Rail Trail in difficult conditions last week.

Twenty-nine Year 7-8 pupils from St Joseph’s School Temuka, accompanied by teachers and parents, cycled a 42km section of the trail from Oturehua to Chatto Creek on Tuesday, last week, as part of their two-yearly camp.

Principal Bernie Leonard said they battled against strong winds throughout the day, and some pupils had been convinced they would not be able to make it to the end.

“The highlights were the children this morning that thought they wouldn’t be able to [complete the ride], who are now overjoyed at their success.”

One of the best comments at the end of the day came from a boy who said “I’m thrilled with myself” after accomplishing what he thought would be impossible, she said.

The trail, which is usually bustling with cyclists at this time of year, has been particularly popular this season as a growing number of New Zealanders explore their own backyard post-Covid-19.

The Otago Central Rail Trail is a 152-kilometre recreational trail that follows the former Otago Central railway line between Middlemarch and Clyde.Running sneakersAIR MAX PLUS