Route for Day 6: Miranda to The ABS Lodge.
Distance travelled 140km. Altitude gained 347m.
1 pie eaten for second breakfast. 1 Cornish pasty for lunch.
I can report that the hot pools were bliss to the tired muscles and the mozzies were repelled by the repellent.
My new found cycling companion, Fred & I decided to try to avoid some of the predicted heat & wind by starting the day’s ride at 6am. A good move, but I do need to eat something before I start. No problems as I carry muesli mixed with milk powder in a zip lock bag that I can just add water. I have even been known to add instant coffee to the mix to save more time. Unfortunately I had misplaced my spoon and there were none to be found anywhere so it was a couple of muesli bars and a handful of nuts to get me through the first 2 hours to Kopu.
The air was fresh enough to wear my vest and with a touch of Waikato mist I felt at home. We managed to catch the sunrise before the mist got heavier for a while. It soon warmed up as we found a café in Kopu for a breakfast pie (Bacon & Egg 6/10). The hills of the previous days were behind us and it was flat rail trail for most of the day. Over the next section the odours reminded us that we were truly in dairy country.
Today was a very good day to have Fred as a companion, as the trail became somewhat tedious. We were able to bike side by side and chat for many portions of the track.
We arrived in Paeroa for an early lunch where Cornish pasties & milkshakes upped the calorie count. As we left the town we met Stan, who was training for the ride we are doing - he was on a 300km outing for the day. Somewhat more serious than I am!
The day continued to heat up so the next town lured us in for an ice cream & water fill. This left only 37km to Matamata (Hobbiton) where Fred was staying. I had another 23km to Capernwray's ABS lodge where I happily met Glenys, went for a swim and headed home. It was nice to see James there.
I had considered having a rest day but I’m feeling great, eating well and haven’t broken or lost anything (the spoon was in a side pocket). When I jumped on the scales I was surprised to see no weight loss, probably because of the great meal Glenys had prepared that we shared with my son, Cam & his fiancé Jaana. The weather over the next week looks settled and cooling, so my plan is to get dropped back at the lodge in the morning to continue the adventure...