Wakefield milkie's epic road trip
Wakefield milkman Trevor Nicholls is used to spending a lot of time on the road making deliveries, but his latest trip was a bit longer than the average milk run.
Riding the same 105cc Honda CT110 "postie bike" he uses for newspaper deliveries, Mr Nicholls journeyed from Nelson to Bluff and back again earlier this month.
He estimates the circuitous trip through Picton, Hanmer, Dunedin and "every pass [he] could think of" ended up covering more than 3000km.
He was joined by Hawera man Colin McDonald, who has led several previous charity bike rides.
Despite owning a Harley Davidson, Mr McDonald chose to ride an identical postie bike to Mr Nicholls. Mr Nicholls said the bikes can reach a maximum speed of around 82kmh and run for around 100km per tank.
"It's an awkward speed to be when there's trucks and stuff," said Mr Nicholls. "When you wanted to pass [the other biker] you'd have to get a bit of a tailwind behind you and lean in."
While travelling, the two men spent time collecting money for prostate cancer research from people they met on the road.
"We thought it was quite appropriate for a pair of middle-aged blokes sitting on bikes all day," said Mr Nicholls. "Everybody's been touched by cancer."
He and Mr McDonald raised $500 for the NZ Cancer Society, although Mr Nicholls said they recommended a number of people concerned about giving cash to "the two dodgy blokes" to donate directly to the society.
He plans to invite more riders on the next journey.