Thursday, January 14, 2010

Another rainy day

We left the town of Hokitaki just as the rain started. It continued until lunch varying from a misting rain to a heavy drizzle. Nothing too daunting and the terrain was easy. As someone pointed out, "you are in a rain forest so you should expect some rain."

I started the ride with an optional detour that wandered through some small hamlets and avoided our now familiar route 6. It only added about 3 miles and was very scenic. Generally we rode through bush and pasture land.

We had lunch at a pleasant cafe in the town of Hari Hari. By the time we were through, the rain had stopped and we set out to"climb Mt. Herculea.". There are at least two misnomers there. There is nothing Herculean about this hill and the gentle ascent was hardly a climb. But there was a good descent down to our lodging for the evening.

We are staying at a lodge on a farm. When I asked our hostess, Stephanie, if I could hang my wet cycling clothes on her clothesline, she volunteered her washer and dryer. Outstanding Kiwi hospitality.
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