Very surprised at the lack of bird life in the bush. Deathly quiet, except for the screeching cock pheasant that rose out of ditch next to the road and gave me a hua of a fright. The bird life became more obvious later in the day when I reached more farmland, with lots of kingfishers, a couple of Rosella, and lots of bell birds.
Some lovely riding around tidal estuaries, and then I hit the sealed road, the hills and the traffic.... Two cars.... and a bitterly cold wind. Then I missed a turn off, and before I knew it was up a hill and not keen to descend back to the missed junction. Oh well... took the next best option and turned off the sealed road onto another gravel "short cut" to Raglan.
Arrived in Raglan and met my host Bob, Community Board Chair, Lions member, Fire
Brigade member.... &full time volunteer. Bob took me a long to today's function... "Snow on the Beach" They had trucked in 10 ton of snow and a snow machine, and the kids (big and small, young and old) were having a ball. Then the real hardy ones, some dressed as snowmen and penguins, went for a mid winter swim. Don't forget, I'm from Hanmer Springs, where it can get cold, but today in Raglan it was bitter. They say that there is a fine line between tough and stupid........
Later, Bob took me for a tour around the local mountain, along the road I should have come along. Lovely, with stunning views, and BIG drops (you would have loved it Fletch), and a number of big hills. Knowing how far I have to go tomorrow, perhaps my wrong turn wasn't so bad after all.
A fantastic meal, thanks Gen, great company, Bob, Laurie and Wendy, and the All Blacks had a win. Couldn't be better. Thanks again to the Raglan Lions and Fire Brigade for being such wonderful hosts.