It was a moody grey day as we set off from Rangiwahia this morning, a few spots of rain but nothing like the torrential downpours of a few days back!
First up we rode into yet another mob of sheep coming in for shearing - it’s all go in this area at the moment!!
The morning consisted of a ride through three really neat gorges, big down and ups and great views of the river and cliffs before arriving in Apiti late morning.
We then headed towards Pohangina, through a few gravel back roads and one lucky sealed road, making really good time with the wind and a good early lunch!!
We arrived in Ashurst after a hugely rewarding downhill section, and fueled up on coffee and a robust afternoon tea of bacon and egg pie and slices, before tackling the section to Palmy, mostly on the river path alongside the Manuatu River. Lots of vegetable growing alongside these roads and interesting to see what’s about to be harvested!
Still on the outskirts of Palmy we decided to make a big push and make it to Pahiatua for the night (that requires chocolate, doesn’t it?) The ‘Pahiatua Track’ is now a pretty busy road due to the gorge road being closed, but we managed not to get taken out by a milk tanker and the last 15kms into Pahiatua were a dream!
Officially the furthest we’ve ever ‘bike packed’ today... 130kms and some pretty tough climbing so we are really chuffed.
2 days to Wellington! Tomorrow we head through the Wairarapa and are hoping for some sun ☀️