The countryside is not dissimilar to NZ, especially around Taranaki, with lots of dairy farming interspersed with patches of native bush. This native bush, however, smells of eucalyptus, not honey dew, and is full of noisy colourful birds. I reckon a countries birds say alot about its residents. NZ has warm cuddly ones, Aussie has loud and colourful ones, and America has turkeys.....ooops did I say that out Loud?
Did see a couple of beautiful quiet birds today. My first White Hawk, just sitting on a post watching me pass. Then a group of beautiful White Herons, sitting amongst some cattle, that took flight as I passed. Then, unfortunately, a very colourful red, green and blue parrot, freshly killed by a vehicle.
Also saw what I suspect was a fox, red, a little bigger than a cat, but not a dog. It dropped a huge rat from its mouth as it ran away from me.
So the first 40km today were pretty tough, and when I got to Lavers Hill it was tipping down. I was glad to hear that I was at the high point of the road, and most of the rest of the day would be downhill. And indeed it was. I felt rejuvenated, maybe it was the hot pie and coke, and have to admit that there were some parts of the descent that would rank very highly with other rides I have done. There's nothing more satisfying than having to brake before corners, so as not to exceed the recommended safe speed.
Safe speed to my friends Mike & Gill, heading to the States for a Mtb adventure. Have a great time guys.
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I've found a secluded spot off the main road to camp, and the helicopters have stopped circling. Now the only sound is the distant surf and the noisy crows.
Too wet for photos today, so have including some shots of my favorite Aussie birds. Catch ya.