Wednesday today and finally the rain stopped and some sun came out on a partly cloudy day. My bags were packed so I paid my bill at the Tea Room and I headed to Napier.
The road to Napier is not too bad. There are a few big hills that take a bit of spinning to get to the top but they are separated enough to give you time to recover before the next one. The rest of the way is some rolling hills and then mostly flat along the coastline. The 90 mile distance along with the big hills makes it a long hard day. Or you can take the bus in 3 hours.
I did not take much for pics today. I had one beautiful shot I wanted to take but I decided to wait and take it from the top of the big hill. Unfortunately at the top of the hill there were a bunch of big trees blocking what I had thought would be a great view. It seemed as if the trees were planted with the purpose of obliterating the great view. I got a bit annoyed and was not going to go back down the hill to get the pic so I just blew it off and was not much in the mood for pics the rest of the day. Some days are like that, even in New Zealand.
I will likely just blow by Napier and keep heading down to Wellington 200 plus miles away yet. I will do it in smaller chunks of 40 or 50 miles a day. I hope the weather holds. Tomorrow has a split forecast, some forecasters say rain others say sunny and others say partly cloudy. I guess that means it is a crap shoot. I will decide in the morning. There are good bike trails for the first part of the way but then it turns into a hilly hard ride to Wellington. Here are the pics which are not up to my usual quality standards.