So the first couple of hours out of Gisborne were pretty flat, and averaging 25km, I was eating up the kms..... then came the Wharerata hills. I had elected to go the coastal route as I felt the need to be a little more social, having been on remote roads for a couple of days. And social it was. After climbing for 30mins, a road sign painter suggested that "you got a bloody long climb yet before you get to the top" and he was absolutely correct. Two hours of climbing. And then just as I hit the Hawkes Bay sign, down came the rain..... the sunny bay.... yeah right. But as with all up hills, you get downhills..... and they were scarey fast,
with the roads so wet, and my brakes seemingly not slowing me too much, I was too scared to look at the speed, but I was braking to go around the 55km corner, and not slowing.....
Okay Hanmer School Brain boxes. Today I passed "Young Nicks Head". How come that name?
Great getting to the hot springs at Morere. A great little cafe there, with a roaring fire, and great hot chocolate. Was very tempting to stay by the fire, especially when a trucker came in out of the rain and said "You must be the nutter on the bike with the trailer. Don't you know it's pouring down?"
Debbie had briefed me about the road and assured me that after Morere, it was flat, until a last little climb into Wairoa. Debbie, there are three little climbs. I seemed to be following a marathon route, as the kms were counted down on the road side. Nice to see the kms pass, and great to hit the top of the last hill, get a thumbs up from a truckie, and see Wairoa below.
Had to wait for a while as my local Lions contact was in a meeting, so spent 30mins warming myself in the local St John rooms. Spent part of the evening there as well, meeting the crew, and exchanging thoughts and experiences. Thanks for the hospitality and welcome. Come visit us in Hanmer Springs soon.
Big day tomorrow. Hastings? 130km. Will see what the day offers.