Day 18 – Palmerston North to Eketahuna 58km

Getting close to Wellington now.

With only a few km to complete for the day, we took it easy and spent the morning exploring the Square in Palmerston North as well as having lunch and getting some food for the ride.

Once we got going, we didn’t get much of a warm up before hitting the big climb for the day over the saddle. It was 10km of up hill past forestry and wind farms before hitting the top.

On the screaming down hill, we stopped to chat to another cycle tourer.

The afternoon was made up of rolling foot hills and back roads. Unfortunately, the back roads had no small towns and we ran out of water at about 35km. We stopped for a swim in a river and filled up a water bottle from the sketchy looking water and treated it with chlorine tablets.

Post swim, we had one more short hill before returning to the highway in to an intense head wind. We could barely maintain 15km/hr in the strong gusts.

We were thankful to get to Eketahuna. We bought ingredients for dinner and head to the pub for a beer. The camp ground is quite scenic and only $6 per night with all the mod cons. Bargain!

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