The route for Day 3: Trounson Park to Paparoa. Distance 103km, 1230m climbed.
Glenys had booked the night in a container with outdoor living located up a steep gravel path. Boutique or rustic could describe the place. The place did have an outside bath which we had managed to half fill with tepid water so I could soak my aches away. It was comfortable; but the walk out delayed my start, as it was too early for the owner to collect me with her 4x4 electric golf cart.
First stop Dargaville; for a second breakfast. I have led a number of teams of students here starting over 30 years ago working with the Baptist Church. I was a bit late to attend the service and a bit under attired to be really welcome... We used to have a rule in our house that goes "no lycra (spandex) in public". I break it all the time now, but attending a church service just goes too far.
Riding on, I caught up with a father/son duo who were on a 4-day bike packing jaunt from Auckland, so nice to chat/ rest for bit.
Replenished, I pushed on through rolling farm land and into more wind for lunch at Ruawai, a seaside farm service town and the kumara capital of NZ. When I say 'seaside ' it is when the tide is in - "mudside" the rest of the time!
The track swung around to give me a tail wind, so I made good time until I hit more hills. I got a checkpoint photo of the old Post Office in Matakohe, before pushing on to days end in Paparoa.
I was hoping to get further as I'm trying to get to see my son Tyler, daughter in law Sarah & grandson Lucas in Auckland tomorrow, but further on accommodation was expensive, with no camping options.
I picked up a great wee cabin for tonight, and with rain due, it will be comfortable for the night. Dinner was a high calorie dehydrated Wild Salmon with lemon & garlic dish, which took me an hour to get down.
The day finished with an online Instagram tutorial (photo below!) from Glenys, Tyler & Sarah. I think they despair about me at times!
It will be an early start tomorrow, there are lots of hills (again), and if things go to plan, 150km to ride. Worth it to see a grandson & his parents!