The second day on the trails and it was a long day at the office; 8:15 minutes on the bike today. In one word awesome. The Timber trail is simply stunning. Its not a fast easy trail and it is in the wop wops but I am so glad I included this trail into my plans. The big thing I have taken out of my past two days of being on the trails is that they are much much slower than the road. When planning you should bank on 10-12km per hour on the grade 3 trails. My original plan was to go from Pureora to Ongaure which is the full trail however after arriving in Ongaure full of mud ( aka good day out) I decided a quick 23km trip on road to Taumarunui is nothing to get some place I can wash both me and the bike down. So off to Taumarunui I cycled. It took me 7:25 min to do 84km then 50 min to do 23km. Road is much faster. Tomorrow is all road up to Ohakune, 80kmon the road is going to seem like a day off.
Highlights : The many suspension bridges, the start of the cycle with easy tracks though forest, the many long downhill sections ( not having shocks was a bit tough) , the Ongarue Spiral bush tram was great to cycle through and the countless great views.
Note: there is absolutely no cell phone coverage across the entire trail including the start and end of the trails.
|Full gps data here|
|The start of the timber trail .|
|A little detour to see an old tractor|
|Up into the clouds. Up up up.|
|They do fall.|
|One of many mud sections.|
|First of many swing bridges for the day.|
|Over I go.|
|This is a long one.|
|Half way point.|
|Swing bridge with rain.|
|The longest swing bridge.|
|Onto the old tram rail section.|
|there is no tuning back, what have i got myself into.|
|green side walls from the old tram cuts|
|A full picture of the cut for the logging train.|
|that is swing bridge in the background.|
|One more stop for a pic.|
|Need my night lights|
|The spiral tunnel|
|The end of the spiral tunnel.|