Just like Goldilocks testing beds to find her preferred softness, my feet found their soothing ‘just right’ warm waters beside the Taupō Trails. Fortunately reaching this natural hot spring along the cycle 
       trail did not involve encountering three bears but instead was rather an enjoyable journey through the woods on a big ride. Yes, it’s going to be a big day, as the 50km Taupō trails consist of riverside loops and a lakefront ride forming a network of potential track data for the Great Rides App. I need to capture this data on my bike-mounted GPSs, but doubling back to map for the app will have me completing an 80 kilometre, eight-hour ride.

The idea of riding this trail had been in the making for a few years after some riders asked for the Taupō track network to be included as a bonus ride on the app I built. Today I am one pedal stroke closer to fulfilling this request. However, this was not going to be all work and no play. I couldn’t wait to experience these cycle trails for the first time, to pass beside the Huka Falls, Aratiatia Rapids and the great lake. What cyclist wouldn’t want to ride along our largest lake, longest river and biggest falls in one go?


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