118km 1274m elevation
We set off in good spirits after another good nights sleep. Scott had a plan to get a new tyre at Matamata but the shop didn’t open on Sunday.
I had just booked accommodation in Mangakino when Nerena came to tell me that they would possibly have to cycle to Cambridge. Scott kept trying to fix it and I set off down the road, hoping they would catch me.
The roads out of Matamata were lovely and quiet. But the false flat (looked flat but was really uphill) and head wind along SH29 were nasty when combined with traffic.
I was relieved to turn off the main roads and met a bunch who invited me to join them. It was nice to have some company, and we even got to forage for blackberries But then the weather turned bad. I’ve never been out in thunder like it. I thought I was drowning.
One of the blokes got a flat with about 35km to go so I headed off to make my B&B before dark. I was passed by a very considerate campervan driver but didn’t think too much of it until I saw them parked up the road with the awning out, chairs set up and offering cups of tea and chocolate. It was just the pick me up I needed. Thanks Helen and Lou
Just after the Maraetai dam I stopped for the loo and was caught up by another bunch I knew some of them from a training weekend I’d done at Whananaki. I asked it they were speedy and they said yes but invited me to try and keep up. They were the push I needed to make it to the end of the day.
I had a lovely roast chicken dinner waiting for me at the B&B at Mangakino.
Setting out from Manawaru
Lunch in Arapuni