The fog stayed in the valleys for quite some time, but as I only saw a dozen vehicles all day, it was relatively safe. Did have to dodge two enormous trucks carrying some very heavy constructions. Apparently they were too big to get through the road tunnels on the main road.
Only took a couple of hours to reach the school at the Tunnel Beach turn off, and that was after a great 20mins of downhill. Seems I had been gently
climbing for most of the morning. Had a break at the turn off, and two vehicles stopped for a chat. One a mother of one of the eight kids at the school, the other a guy who tours the district inspecting bridges, and mtbs in his spare time . He had passed me earlier and was curious about my planned route. Both warned me off the two Big hills to come. To any of my Hiking NZ/Active Earth friends, these are the two hills that we stop on to find wood for the Hangi at Tunnel Beach.
So started the plod. Got to say my Granny gears are getting a fair bit of use. The first hill passed reasonably quickly. Must be all the stunning native forest I was passing through. The downhill was once again a buzz. Then along the flats between hills, it starts to rain, so my glasses are fogged up and splattered on the outside, so I can't see all the corrugations, and my wedges stopping the trailer tyre rubbing jump out........ oh bother. By the time I have that sorted I am pretty cold, so quite happy to reach the foot of the final uphill. It goes surprisingly well, with great views from the top, both in and, and over Marakopa. 2kms downhill into the village, and a lovely welcome from Yvonne at the camp ground. Yes they have a bed. Yes they have hot showers, and yes to washing facilities, cause my gear is soaked and very smelly after
three days of tough riding.
After getting warm and clean, and a major scoff, go for a stroll along the beach. My thighs are just a little sore, and the walk loosens them up. Meet a couple of fishermen, and they are reeling in the kawawhia. Catch four while I watch. Then on the walk back the only other person I see, a pleasant young lady, tries to convert me. Luckily, I am saved, by the husband, who is keen to go fishing.
Another big day tomorrow. Time for a nap.
This Samsung Notebook takes awesome photos. Makes me feel really proficient, and really handy being able to show people everywhere you've been.