Trip dist: 112.19km
Riding time: 6h24min
Avg speed: 17.49km/h
Max speed: 58.61km/h
Total Distance: 1510km
Last night was finally good. Two cars stopped during the night but they didn’t bothered or came close to the tent. I was awake at 5:30am and start cycling at around 7am for one of the longest day I’ve been cycling. It was so hilly again but now hills don’t bother me too much anymore.
Before I was checking the profile of the day. I don’t do it anymore as I think it’s like reading the future and if I know I will have a big hill on the way I’ll be reluctant. If I don’t know there will be a big one or few then I’m cool and when I see it I just focus on my area, not watching too far away to not be scarred.
In the middle of a no mans land I found a little coffee place by the road. Very cute shop managed entirely by Margot since she lost her husband 3 years ago. While I was having my coffee she sat with me and we had a chat together. She is cooking all the good pies and quiches in the evening, selling them during the day, and making all the farming the rest of the time, all by herself. She is such an amazing woman. I felt that she was feeling alone and she would have loved me to stay a bit longer. I would have loved it too because it was a cosy place but I needed to keep going as my way was still long.
In the afternoon, after 80km I decided to start looking for a spot where to put my tent but as it is farmland here, the fences are 1 meters maximum away from the highway. No chance to find anything. So I kept riding until I reached Pirongia. I was desperate and feeling very week. This town doesn’t have any campsite where to pitch a tent! Luckily, just at the exit of the town I asked to a woman with her dog if she knows anywhere I could put my tent for the night. She introduced herself, Pam and her dog Monty and told me to follow her. We arrived at MMM NZ, which is a Christian foundation renovating and doing all kind of building churchs, broken houses in Fidji after the typhoons etc… She asked the director if I could stay the night and he told me no problem. They even invited me for dinner and offered me a shower. I felt so good one more time.
I believe in the good things coming. Because every time I needed, good things happened.
Finally tomorrow I’ll have just 50km to cycle all the way to Raglan. It will be shorter than on my day off 😉
Bonus, I believe in the good things coming clip for Nakho and Medecine for the people.