Took off on the Hawea River Trail. Mr Fletcher. We need one of these. A walking/cycling trail down to the river. We also need a couple of man made surf waves in the river. What a fantastic feature, given the go ahead by a forward looking council. Word is 100s of kayaker, body boarders and the like visit and play on the two waves, every day over the summer. And they hold huge competitions on the waves, several times a year.
So the trail was really nice, alongside the river, and well away from the main road traffic, and the weather was pleasant. That was about to change.
Not long after I hit the main road west out of Hawea, the rain started. It looked really beautiful moving off the mountains and along the lake, but that movement was a result of wind. It was the beginning of 3.5hours of a very wet, head wind. Jane had reminded me that there were very few hills, but with the head wind, and the tiredness of my legs from yesterday's climb, it made for a very long 50km to Makarora. The sign that said 5km to go was very welcome, and plans to proceed further up the valley and camp were abandoned, in favor of a hot shower, dry clothes, and a couple of zzzzz's.
Another hill tomorrow, and the West Coast beckons. Let's hope the weather sorts itself.