I got up early and even though there was the odd sprinkle of rain I suited up and was on the road just after 7. It didn't take long until I hit the first of the rain (less than 20km) and the further I went the more it settled in.
North of Bulls SH3 you get into some more exposed bits and it was here that I first started to get hit by the building wind. It was getting quite blustery and I knew that this would mean it would be worse further on North of Wanganui. So at Turakina I decided that rather than spend another 5-6 hours battling the elements I'd head home.
I turned off and took Wanganui Road back to Marton and Halcombe. By taking this route I was a little less exposed to the wind but the first bit of Wanganui Road involved a bit of battling with the wind and I had to speed up a bit to help punch a hole in the wind. The PR2's were fantastic though and I got home pretty quickly, parked the horse up and set about sorting my gear so it'll dry for tomorrow when I hope the weather will be better so I can get the Southern Point at Lake Ferry.
|Crappy phone pic of jacket dripping onto the floor...|