East Cape rest day, take 2
Trip Start Nov 18, 2010
11Trip End Jun 24, 2011
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It was quite a slow, arduous ride from TikiTiki to Tokomaru bay, despite the shorter distance than the day before. A long, undulating climb brought me to Te Puia Springs, through irritating 'will it/won't it?' drizzle that had me stopping every half hour or so to put on or take off my raincoat, and the inland scenery, though pleasant, lacked the rugged splendour of the coast.
From Te Puia to the coast was another matter. 11km, mostly downhill, through hills seemingly pinched up from the plains in artful arrangement, populated by puffed-up turkeys unaware of the season; Tokomaru Bay sat at the edge of this, a windswept beach of deserted driftwood framed by as lumpy coast stretching into the distance. There are some places that just invite you to stay a bit longer than planned.
It helps when there's a great little hostel, too. Brian's Place is set on a hill overlooking the town making the most of the glorious views, nowhere more so than my little campsite, cut into the hillside a little above the main building. So I wasn't really in any need for another rest day just yet, but it would have been just plain rude to stay only one night in such a place.