We left Dunedin just after 7am on Sunday and made it to the pool just before the 9:45am race briefing. Unfortunately, this did not give us enough time to go to the bike/run transition area to drop off Chris' running shoes.
As we drove into the pool parking lot, Chris turned to me and said, "You have a drivers license, right?"
Turns out I had to drive Chris' shoes to the next transition area while he was on the bike. I was confident-ish in my driving skills, but not confident that I could find the hotel parking lot where T2 was located.
Long story short, I drove past the right hand turn that would have lead me to the spot to drop off the running shoes. Instead, I drove several kilometers in the wrong direction, turned around only to end up in a school parking lot, and made a wrong turn out of the school parking lot only to end up in some residential neighborhood.
By a stroke of luck, I eventually found the transition area where Chris was patiently waiting for his shoes.
Interestingly, despite waiting for me for over 10 minutes, our relay team still placed 2nd.
Bike/run transition area:
It was a small race, but fun! I enjoyed that it was super laid back. Definitely something that my good friends from the Broome County Triathlon Club should consider organizing at home. *hint, hint*
Chris was kind enough to take us on a detour to Bluff before heading back. It was just a short drive south and is known as the southern most point on a state highway in New Zealand.