Given the forecast or torrential rain in The Southlands, I decided to make the trip from Nelson to Invercargill in one go. Not the longest ride I have done but certainly one of the more physical and mental stress tests I have done on long rides. Highway 1 gets you there and that is all that matters on a long trip. The scenic route would have required another day, and that was out of the question with flood warnings getting louder and more frequent. Get suited, full rain gear and an additional layer for warm and at 6.30am – get to it!