Thursday, March 5, 2015

Matata Beach to Ohope Beach NZ

It was raining overnight and in the morning today. I was bummed but it looked like it might stop for a while and when it did I took off on my bike hoping not to get soaked in a big downpour from the very black sky. It only sprinkled a few times on me and I made it as far as Ohope before the clouds just looked like they were going to open up on me so I stopped. The ride today was mostly through rural farmland on flat roads. Near the end I did have to pedal up a big steep hill but it wasn’t too bad. The forecast is for heavy rain for the next two or three days so I am going to just sit tight here in the campground until the weather gives me a break. In fifteen days here in New Zealand it has rained for 12 of them. Lucky me.

Yesterday I had sun screen on all day while riding and I got no burn but when I got to my camp yesterday I took a shower and washed it off without putting more on. I ended up only being in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes after the shower but I got a good burn on my face and arms in that short time. There is a huge hole in the ozone layer here in New Zealand and over in Australia. I hope I learned my lesson.

My campground today is on the tip of a peninsula with very nice ocean beaches on one side and a quiet bay on the other side. If it stops raining I will try to get some decent pics of the place. At least they have decent wifi here so even though I will be stuck here for a couple days I will have something to do.

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