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New Zealand 2016
10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
11/07   Russell Forest
11/08   Bus and Ferry
11/09   Thames
11/11   Castle Rock
11/12   Hot Water Beach
11/13   Owharoa Falls
11/14   Thompson's Track
11/15   Rotorua
11/17   Rotorua Rain
11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
Kayak Trip 2017

Pukeiti Rain Forest


tl;dr: I left New Plymouth late and biked through the Pukeiti Rain Forest in the rain.

Yesterday I woke up with an upset stomach and no real motivation to do anything. So I booked another night and spent the day being lazy. Again. I seem to be running out of steam. It would probably do me well just to sit someplace for an entire week. Oh well, I'm too cheap for that. I think I only have another few weeks to go in New Zealand, anyway.

The Duck and Drakes is one of the better hostels I've stayed in so far. It had the usual contingent of Germans, but there was also a Finish girl, an Italian girl with a wicked neat English accent, a Canadian lady, and a black guy from North Carolina showed up on my final night. He was pretty cool. There were also a few Kiwis staying more or less full time. One would explode through the kitchen every morning on his way to work scrubbing and cleaning and sweeping. He reminded me of a shrimp cleaning an aquarium. It wasn't his job; he just couldn't help himself. There were also two border collies. One of them was scared of strangers, but the other quickly figured out I was good for belly rubs.

I also took a little time to work on my bike. I cleaned up the rear derailleur and put some leather softener onto my Brooks saddle.

Today I was ready to hit the road, but at was raining hard. I hung around the Duck and Drakes all morning waiting for the bulk of the rain to pass through. Most everybody else had left, and the hostel was preparing for the weekend batch. I went over to Burger King in the rain and ate lunch. Watching the radar I came to two conclusions: The rain clouds would soon blow over, and for whatever reason the rain wasn't going around Mount Taranaki, so I would be free of the rain in a couple hours regardless.

The rain clouds didn't soon pass over. I had taken the scenic route today, but thanks to the rain and fog I could only see a few hundred meters for much of the ride through Pukeiti Rain Forest. Oh well.

I realized half way to Mount Taranaki that the reason the radar showed no rain on the other side was because the mountain was blocking the radar.

The streams and rivers I crossed were swollen. You can barely hear it in the video, but if there you would hear rocks tumbling as the water pushed them down the river:

The rain wasn't too cold, so I just pushed on. I think it finally stopped raining around 3 PM. It still took a few hours before I could see the mountain.

It's not really getting dark until 9 PM now, so I stopped to eat my cold dinner a couple of hours before finding a campsite. There aren't a lot of camping options along this stretch. I could have stopped at an actual campground a few hours before sunset. Instead I am again sleeping in a sheep pasture.

I found peanut butter that was made in America.

Duck and Drakes dining room

Duck and Drakes sitting room

Duck and Drakes back deck

wet sheep

That is just a little hill.

I bugs me that this guy has his seat adjusted too low.

Pukeiti Scenic Route

Swollen stream coming of Mount Taranaki

Pukeiti Scenic Route

flowers in Pukeiti Rain Forest

Mount Taranaki is starting to clear.

big dumptruck

sheep in front of Mount Taranaki

stream from Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki is almost cleared.

farmland in front of Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki is clear!

corn field

I'm biking in sunshine.

camping in a sheep pasture

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