I arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand in the early hours of the morning and Sister Monika picked me up. I met Monika 25 years ago when we were teaching at Takuilau College in Tonga. I haven’t seen her in 23 years. I spent a week and a half with sister Monika and the other Sisters of Mercy and I was reminded of why I enjoyed my time in Tonga so much as myself and Monika had a good laugh.

During my stay with the sisters I actually reassembled my bike.

I did a bit of cycling around Christchurch.

I visited the art gallery and contributed to an art installation

My contribution to what will eventually be a big yellow moon with crocheted craters.

After spending far too long on the phone to Garmin trying to work out how to install new maps on my device I decided that I should actually go on a bicycle tour. I hadn’t toured for a good three weeks.

By Susan Doram

I am passionate about cycling and enjoy encouraging others to ride their bicycles. I am a cycle coach and founder member and chair for Leicester Women's Velo and Founder member and club secretary for Ride on Sistas. I love to encourage others to get active. I am an award wining personal trainer and one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019. I've been on numerous cycle tours and have encouraged others to join me. Part of my cycle touring experience has included cycling around the world for just over 2 1/2 years.

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