Sky Dive Postponed as Heavens Open
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Outside the kitchen it was seriously grey and wet as we put the last bits of gear back on the bikes. It was a day for full water-proof clothing and washing up gloves. In weather like this it’s best just to keep on cycling and get the miles done because if you stop for more than 5 minutes you just get freezing cold. We made 30 miles by lunch and sheltered under a tree with cup-a-soups and sandwiches, pretty pleased with our progress.
Unfortunately we were then hit with 10 miles of steady uphill which was a real grind and not very safe in the pouring rain with massive logging trucks whizzing past
We are currently settled down in a lovely sitting room with log fire and massive flat screen TV which we have filled with our wet gear**. Just hoping nobody else will come in tonight. It is still absolutely pouring outside and the wind is battering the poor tent, but with facilities like this it doesn’t matter. Rotorua is a serious tourist destination because of the thermal springs and geysers which bubble up all over the town. We’d been told it was a very stinky place and sure enough we started to smell the sulphur 20 miles before we got here. On arrival it smelt like bonfire night – I suppose the locals just get used to it. We saw a load of steam blowing around as we passed through, but will try and check it out more in the morning as being soaking wet meant we just needed to get to the campsite.
*We checked out our Swedish friends blog last night and they made it to Wellington a few days ago and have very sensibly decided to get the train up to Tongariro National Park and avoid the slog out of the city
**Polly may be in a nice warm room with a flat screen TV and log fire but I have just got back from a 4 mile round trip to the supermarket in the pouring rain.
Miles Cycled: 51 soaking wet and chilly miles