Last night we discussed what time we should leave in the morning. We usually do this when we have somewhere to be by some time (like 100 and something odd km down the road by bed time). Usually the others agree on something ridiculous like 7 am which I usually manage to make more realistic by just staying in bed. But last night they suggested a very sensible 10 am. So we put a couple of loads of washing on and went to bed.
In the morning the washing went into the dryer, our wonderful hosts cooked us bacon and eggs and made us coffee, and we sat around not really wanting to start. 10 am came and went ..
After a few hours, we had to start. And so we left just on 12 noon. And it was hot. Apparently the day is hottest just after 12 - who knew? And there were a bunch more hills (we still aren’t really used to hills). And sometimes we had a tail wind that travelled at exactly the same speed as us so there was no cooling breeze.
On the road around Hunterville
But it was another great day. We had pies and fried chicken for lunch in Hunterville, then took a wrong turn and had to backtrack after climbing another hill. We wore out a Warehouse tyre (after 2 days riding on it) and got to fit the knobbly to Eric’s bike (who now has to try control large amounts of oversteer due to the high traction at the front and his huge power output ..)
We rode on and as the sun set we chanced upon some other riders who had set up camp at Rangiwahia Community Hall where for a $5 donation into a hole in a wall you can access water, a sheltered porch, and the cleanest public toilets you ever saw. Brilliant!
Total Elevation gain: 1446 m
Distance: 93 km
Time spent on bikes: 5 hours 33 minutes
Max speed: 72.4 kph
Calories burnt: 3135