With mussles eaten and a bit of rain over night to keep it fresh, we made a start for the day at about 10am.
It was a rude start with one of the biggest hills for the trip only 1km in to the ride. 4km of riding with an elevation gain of about 400m. What a hill! Unrelenting, steep, no easing off. Just a lot of low gear grinding. Had to take a few rests along the way.
The view from top was spectacular on to a very fast but controllable decent.
First stop for the day was lunch at Whangapoua Beach where we cooked up some pesto pasta.
After an hour of relaxing, we head over to New Chums Beach, apparently one of the top 20 beaches in the world. It was about a 20min walk to get there which is the only way in to keep it as intact as possible. The beach was quite beautiful with a boarder of untouched bushland and cliffs. But there were a few people around and would have been better deserted.
Back to Whangapoua, we departed at about 4:30pm and took some scenic back roads before hitting the last hill (a very pleasant ride) of the day into Whitianga for dinner. We had fish and chips which were delicious.
The final 15km included a ferry ride before arriving at Bill’s mother’s place in Hot Water Beach quite late at just before 10pm.