Some days, a contour map would be useful

Trip Start Nov 18, 2010
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Trip End Jun 24, 2011


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Eastender Backpackers

Flag of New Zealand  , Gisborne,
Thursday, December 2, 2010

745km

Clear skies, clean gears and even some level stretches of road - today was a much better day for cycling. I finally got to see a little of the rugged northern coast, looking as though it had been dragged up from the depths under protest and reluctantly colonised by stunted trees and shrubs. The interior was a different story. The site of much of the logging industry (what little traffic there is around this part of the country mainly seems to be logging trucks or campervans), the road from Cape Runaway to Hicks Bay passed through farm, forest and very few signs of human habitation before climbing sharply for some amazing views over Te Araroa bay.
I had intended to stop overnight in Te Araroa, but i arrived earlier than expected and was still full of energy, so decided to press on for TikiTiki, a mere 24km away, assuming the road would continue much as it had all day.
I was wrong. What followed was 24km of the steepest climbs I had seen since the Coromandel, again taking the 'straight up and over' approach they seem to favour over here. And even when I reached TikiTiki, I couldn't rest. I knew there was a hostel nearby; in this case, 'nearby' turned out to be a further 8km down a side road, 2km of which was unsealed.
At least there was a friendly welcome (and home-made cake!) when I arrived from the other guests, shortly before I collapsed.
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