I ended up deciding on aiming towards Wanganui and then to check out Kai Iwi beach - somewhere I'd never been before. Rather than plan my route and load it onto the GPS I decided to wing it...
Leaving home at about 10 I sort of fell into a slow but steady pace and found myself just enjoying the pootle and the views as I rode across towards Wanganui. Dropping down into Turakina I spotted the sign indicating the turn-off to Turakina Beach and decided seeing that I was intending on checking out one beach, well why not two...Who knows, I may even find some more interesting roads to Wanganui...maybe I should have used the GPS software...
So I pootled out to Turakina Beach but rather than ride down onto the beach to get a photo (and perhaps to get stuck) I just turned around and made my way back to Turakina.
In Wanganui I stopped to buy a couple of sandwiches and some fuel and then finally made for Kai Iwi. Turns out it's a pretty nice spot:
|Not a bad spot for a sandwich|
After a quick nibble and a drink I remounted and decided to try to head further North but to also try to stay as close to the coast as possible. And finally I found an interesting road:
Waitotara Valley Road turned out to be a bit of a cracker. It was good seal that just went on for ages, even as the road slowly got narrower. I was expecting gravel at any stage...
|Still no gravel|
And then finally, after my wee photo stop I was on gravel. The gravel continued on for about another 10km until I came across this:
Funnily enough the ride out was just as good as the ride in and it didn't seem to take as long so I was soon back out at the main road again. By now it was after 1 and I was feeling pretty hot under all my gear so ripping along the main road to cool off a bit was pretty nice.
Trundling home I took in a bit of the Turakina Valley, had a quick stop in Marton for sandwich number 2 and to drain my water bottle before the final wee leg back home.
So for a pretty poorly planned ride I ended up having a blast, found some new roads, got a few pics and put another 360km under the Vee's wheels. Good stuff!
More pics here.