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Hanging with the Teams

Friday 2nd March 2018

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Bloggers Melissa and Rachel have had a big day on the road between Kollats Crib, Monowai and the put in on the Waiau River catching up with the mid field today….here’s their report.
” We are wondering if the teams have been taking happy pills because they are all so bright, engaged and on a real high – must be the adrenalin still kicking in from the abseil.
The Japanese team Real Discovery are trekking along happily to the Monowai dam to put in on the river to try and get a few hours paddling before the 9pm cut-off. And we just saw Team 65 Kiwi Harvest working super well as a team.
The general vibe at Kollats is really quite energetic and we reckon some of the teams are actually loving the didymo foot bath – kinda like your own little spa!
Most of them are just taking their time, not too much rushing and it feels like they are starting to settle into the rhythm of the race. We have observed many different techniques to blow up a pack raft – about four in total. Some teams just get in there and blow it up and others use the scoop and blow using a wee bag.
Some competitors have some pretty nasty scrub scratches and bruises and a few are sporting bandages. There is ALOT of feet taping going on.
All in all the mood is one of good spirits as the day starts to slide into the evening – it’s been pretty spectacular!

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