I had driven through here last July on an Hiking NZ safari. Having been caught out by the flooded roads, we were advised this was the best way to get back to Tongario. So I knew that the route was tough and beautiful. But on a bike it was tough and fantastic.
The downhill was a blast, and went on forever, although the wild pigs and goats I scared off the road were quite a distraction. The gravel sections were mostly pretty smooth with good lines, but the sealed sections were mint. The two hours to the main Rd went really quickly, especially with road tunnels, and rows of letter boxes, and pretty river scenes to look at as you sped past.
Stopped for a lunch break at Ahititi School, on the main road, and watched all the trucks zoom by. Wasn't too keen to get in a monster them, but mostly they were really courteous. Not long after I set off the wedges I had put in to stop the trailer tyre rubbing disappeared. Spotted a plastic bottles on the side of the road, so got off and sawed it up, and used these pieces as a wedge. Pretty happy with myself...... and then, just as I was about to take off..... today's puncture.
Glad to get to Mokau as had phone reception for the first time since Taumaranui, so had a quick chat to Juliet, Lisa, Rod and Kerry. Great hearing familiar voices. Also gave me time to scoff a yummy ice cream.
Made quick time to Awakino and found the Blacks house. (Thanks Brent) but no one home. After 45mins I was getting cold so went exploring.... maybe I was in the wrong place. A couple of short hill climbs warmed me up, and I found Joanna who put me right. A lovely relaxed evening with visitors Kevin and Helen, and then off for a well deserved "bikers sleep".