Not really much to report from the morning ride, except that it was a little chilly, almost a frost.....I'm sure someone told me that they don't get frosts on the coast, and the number of weka about suddenly increased. These birds seem to have no fear, and by the number of them that end as road kill, it seems perhaps they need to wise up.
Anyway, it was once again cold enough that I needed to keep moving to keep warm, so in just over 2hrs I was at Eileen and Waynes in Ross, sipping on a hot fruit juice on their deck, hoping that the feeble sunshine would warm me up. The company did, the sun struggled, so when the cloud moved in I moved out, bouyed by the news that I only had 25km to Hokitika.
Today that 25km was pretty sweet, however with a wind from any direction the 13km straight would be a little tedious. I was in town by noon with a quandary. Only 20km to the junction where I catch the shuttle tomorrow.....
Decide to check out shuttle times first, only to find that I can get on the 8am to Christchurch. Great. I can hang out in Hokitika, then bike the 20km, pitch my tent on the beach and relax...... So off for a fantastic meal at Cafe De Paris. Very yum Onion soup, and Chicken Panini thingy. And I overheard some conversation from a neighboring table. They were obviously cast from a local drama production, so my ears pricked......I haven't had much conversation this week...... Decided to introduce myself, and was invited to come and see the show, although there was a high probability that it was sold out, being a "Dinner-Theatre" production. That interested me even more, as I had never seen one of them work. Anyway, a call to the ticket sales office was not successful. Tickets to the seven nights had sold out in 30mins. A chat to the producer however, as more successful. No promises of a meal, but the opportunity to see the show.
Booked into a backpackers on the main street, and met John. Very handy set up, walking distance to everything, hot showers, and I managed to get all my washing dry, and have a snooze, before a beach walk and getting to the Theatre.
With the show sold out, my only option was the best seat un the house....up in the tech box with the crew. Long time since I've been up there for a show, so was able to chat to them all night. Even better than expected, and there was a spare meal.... A big thank you too Ian, John and the Hokitika Drama Society for an entertaining and enlightening evening. And I Gidday to Sue Stewart, who has just recently moved to Hokitika, as is part of the group.
I reckoned on departing the backpackers at 6am to allow time to ride, get changed and sorted, before the 8am shuttle. Didn't count on a snoring, farting roommate waking me at 4.30am. Got up and left by 5am....In the rain. Just on an hour following the white line along the side of the road in the dark, with only two trucks passing me, before finding a welcome bus shelter at Kumara Junction. Another box ticked off the "to do" list. 540km up the coast. Gotta be honest.....I'm about over riding in winter conditions for a while. Bring on Single Track in the
summer time USA in three weeks.