Pahiatua track. Somewhere I had never visited but heard so much about. Stunning views both east and west from the summit, and really close to the northern end of a massive wind farm. Also saw a pair of Kakareki, and a pair of Rosella. Not something you'd see for long in a car. The downhill was a blast and I was at Bivouac Outdoors Palmy by just after 9am to pick up my helmet mount and new screen, sent by Matt in Christchurch. Cheers Matt and Bivouac Outdoors. Am working hard at learning how to make it work. Alongwith Samsung and their fantastic Galaxy Note 8.0 I am a riding techno lab, and hopefully you are all seeing the fantastic shots already.
Any day riding through Palmy is going to bring plenty of emotion. This is where I was bought up, so a ride past the family home, a visit to the family plot, and a few photos of Grans old house, just have to happen. Met Beau, the present guardian of the property and he was very excited to show me around. Thanks mate.
So it's raining as I head into Ashurst, but that doesn't stop an elderly couple introducing themselves. They've seen me on Facebook, have recovered from cancer and wish me well.
So heading up the Pohangina Valley and come across Raumi. Last time I was here was in 1963 just after Dad had returned from Scott Base. Next was Camp Rangi, which I attended as a 7-9year old... YMCA Camps. Then it was all new territory.... the Manawatu Cycle Trail. Guys, you got it right. The scenery is stunning, even in the rain. At one stage I was ambushed by a flock of at least 20 NZ pigeon. It was like Trafalgar Square. Another field must have had a least 30 pukeko, and the pretty little piwakawaka (fantails) that danced up the road beside me were stunning.
I knew I was on the right road, when a voice hidden amongst stock in a cattle yard yelled: "Gidday Mate. You got 10km to go. See ya tonight" 8km later I arrived at Brent and Liz's, a beautifully situated farmhouse, in amazing gardens, surrounded by mature native Plants . A wonderful evening was had, with wonderful people, including my mate (Dan) from down the road. Thank you Liz, Brent, Yvonne, Michael, Dan and Pete.