A couple of minor adjustments to the bike this morning and then off at first light, along the northern part of the Wanganui River Cycle trail. 26 km from Owhango to Taumaranui. Glorious route. Some gentle rolling gravel at first, then a loooong section of glorious downhill before the last 5 or 6 km on seal into Taumaranui. Even a couple of pretty views of the Wanganui River, although the whole of the King Country seemed to have its traditional winter cover of low cloud, the riding was a blast. Unfortunately I lost my Speights Coast to Coast orange beanie. Anyone finds it let me know.
A quick visit to supermarket and it's on to the Forgotten Highway. This route follows the Wanganui hen River for 20km then passes through some beautiful country all the way to Stratford. My plan is to turn right to Ohura, before heading over the hills towards the coast tomorrow. But first there are quite a few long uphills to conquer. And to make it worse, something is rubbing at the back of the trailer, and feels like the brake is on. After a
couple of frustrating stops and attempts at fixing the problem, I come up with a gem. A couple of pieces of broken roadside reflector post, shoved under a hinge, and the rubbing stops. Yeha. But now I seem to have a slow puncture. Can't be bothered repairing it at the moment, so pump it twice before Ohura.
With all uphill, there is downhill...... we continue to hope so anyway. Had some real fun and quick downhill runs. Top speed of whole trip today of 63kph, and I had to brake to go around a recommended 45kph corner. So another circle has been completed. Have done a lot of kayaking instruction on the Wanganui River down this road, but never passed right along it. Almost did so last year on an Active Earth Safari, but the road was flooded, and we had to turn around.
Ohura is a very quiet almost deserted town. Population of about 200, but you'd be lucky to find them all. 30 years ago there were 3000 people here, a mine, a prison and three garages. Tonight I am the only inmate at the prison. Tomorrow I get to climb from the 400m we are at in Ohura, to the highest point on the road... 1800m. Ohhhh my aching legs..... But I already know, the scenery is spectacular, and tomorrow night I will be in
Northern Taranaki. Bring it on.