Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Day 19 - Onamalutu Campground -> Havelock -> Queen Charlotte Drive -> Picton -> Wellington -> Karaka Bay

80 km - 1hr : 30min (excluding ferry time!)

Early morning drizzle has lifted by the time we crawl out of our tents.
A pleasant night disturbed only by the calls of Mopoke owls and a squabble between some possums!

Weather has lifted by the time we're on the road to Havelock, turning north onto Queen Charlotte Drive. Renowned as one of the more scenic drives in this area. Fantastic winding road and scenery. Always hard on the bike where you need to concentrate on the road and worry about other vehicles with drivers distracted by the view. All part of the fun.

Stop for the compulsory morning coffee before continuing on to Picton.

Ferry departs at 2 so plenty of time for a leisurely lunch followed by a stroll around town. We spot George on his Africa Twin. Last seen at Boundary Creek campground on the way up Haast. A young Englishman from the Channel Islands, he has ridden half way round the world. Having picked up work in Nelson, he has decided to spend some time on the North Island before starting his new job. He joins us on the Ferry and M & U invite him to spend the night with us at their place at Karaka Bay.

Boring ferry trip, apart from the spectacular passage out of the Marlborough Sounds. Fair weather for sailing, and we arrive and dock on time.

A blast through Wellington peak hour traffic brings us back to earth. Dinner at the Basin Noodle house before we continue on to M & U's place at Karaka Bay.

This will be our sanctuary for a few days. Time to clean up, do some laundry, have the bikes serviced etc. Plus do some day rides around Wellington before hopefully heading North on Sunday for part II of the BUM's 2014 Tour.

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