A Multitude of Bike Paths

Day 19: May 7 – Wellington to Paraparaumu

Daily Distance = 56.57km, Trip Total = 584.38km, Today’s Climb = 362m

I was on the road just before 9am today.  I didn’t have a huge amount of ground to cover, but I find that any day I am cycling in or out of a new city I get slowed down quite a bit.  This is because I’m constantly stopping to: 1) assess where bike signs on the road are trying to direct me (I find these are usually more intuitive when you are familiar with the area!) and 2) consult the map on my phone to see if I’m optimizing the amount of ground covered on bike paths in my direction and 3) make sure I don’t inadvertently end up on a major highway before I absolutely have to.

Fortunately I only made a couple minor wrong turns as I navigated my way out of Wellington and I was quick to correct them so I didn’t do much backtracking, which is always a plus in my books!

Part of the climb out of Wellington

A portion of the climb out of Wellington (I was happy for the path beside the highway)

 

I was pleasantly surprised today to find that I was able to cover the majority of my ride on paths that ran close to SH1.  In total I think I was only on State Highway 1 for under 10km.  And the stretch that I was on the highway had a very wide paved shoulder, so it felt safe to cycle on.

I luv finding bike paths like these that are going my way!

I luv finding bike paths like these that are going my way!

A pedestrian/cycle bridge that overpasses SH1

A pedestrian/cycle bridge that overpasses SH1 – while I was taking this picture a vehicle honked and stuck their hand out the window to give me a thumbs up :)

I had a moment of disheartenment when I noticed all of the fences surrounding the bottom of this ramp.  Then it dawned on me that this was a train platform and I would likely be able to get out somehow.  Only one flight of stairs (not easy with a partially loaded bike) and I was able to get back to the road :)

I had a moment of disheartenment when I noticed all of the fences surrounding the bottom of this ramp. Then it dawned on me that this was a train platform and I would likely be able to get out somehow. Only one flight of stairs (not easy with a partially loaded bike) and I was able to get back to the road :)

More bike paths.....and it looks like a sunburn is developing....

More bike paths…..and green as far as the eye can see!

Part of today's ride went along the coast

Part of today’s ride went along the coast and immediately to the right is an escarpment

 

With less than 10km to my destination, I was cycling on the paved shoulder of the highway and fully expected to spend the rest of the ride on the highway when I saw a sign flash by: ‘cyclists take next exit, there is an alternative route available’.  So, I decided to follow the sign and low and behold, I had a nice wide bike path, mostly to myself, which deposited me at my destination for the day.

The cyclists 'alternative route' as per the sign on the highway

The cyclists ‘alternative route’ as per the sign on the highway

Cycle path signs

Path signs

 

I reached my destination around 1:30pm and after checking in I spent about an hour outside chatting with a fellow guest at the hostel.  He was super nice and informative.  Let me know where everything was in the hostel, places to eat in town and offered a ride to the grocery store in case I needed to re-stock any supplies.  After getting cleaned up I walked along the beach for a while which was just across the street from where I was staying.

Looking back at the escarpment

Looking back at the escarpment

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island

A fishing boat coming in for the day

A fishing boat coming in for the day

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