Day 4 was a long day at the office. The plan was to take a ferry across the Kaipara harbour. However, the weather prevented the ferry from going and so, on with plan B – cycle to Kaukapakapa; this would be a long 140Km ride. As I left Dargaville it was a flat road all the way to just outside Ruawai and I was thinking this would be a perfect road for a time trial. I reckon with no wind I could give the 40Km per hour a nudge on long flat straight roads. The hills did come just outside Ruawai. The first stop of the day was Maungaturoto which is quite a nice little town and offered a quick caffeine hit and back on to the bike to head towards Wellsford. At Wellsford I had to make the decision - with 100km under my belt and favourable winds (it was not a head wind) I could go a little cross wind towards Kaukapakapa about 40Km or stick with the tail wind and go all the way to Auckland 80Km. I decided the legs were feeling good I had just filled up on noodles and a M’D frozen drink so all sugared up ; 80km it was! On to State highway 1 for 10km and then the heavens opened; I was seeing rivers on the road. It was a hell of cycle. I knew going into this trip that I would have some crap weather days and I reckon that is about as bad as it could possibly get. Home by 5.15 with everything totally soaked and feet and hands like prunes. There aren’t many pictures on this day as the camera and phone don’t like the rain. The live tracking worked nicely for this trip and Katelyn was waiting at our letterbox cheering me with pompoms – Awesome!
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Leaving Dargaville. Red Sky in the morning.
Those fast flat roads I was talking about.
Welcome to Auckland region.