State Highway 1

Day 20: May 8 – Paraparaumu to Whanganui*

Cycled Paraparaumu to Foxton, drove Foxton to Whanganui

Daily Distance = 66.51km, Trip Total = 650.89km, Today’s Climb = 212m

After a having a toasted bagel with peanut butter in the community kitchen at the hostel for breakfast I loaded up my bike and headed on the road.

I was able to pick up bike paths for the first 15km but after that I had no choice but to cycle along the shoulder of State Highway 1.  This section of the highway is quite busy and the shoulder width ranged from almost a full car width to less than 1 foot and in some cases (specifically over bridges) there was no shoulder at all.  Adding a semi-moderate yet persistent head wind I wasn’t spending much time taking in the scenery around me, instead I was focused on the road and my mirror.

Part of the bike path north of Paraparaumu

Part of the bike path north of Paraparaumu

Cycling through an extensive wetland area

Cycling through an extensive wetland area

This guy followed me when I stopped for a snack!

This guy followed me when I stopped for a snack!

 

The traffic remained busy on SH1 until Levin.  On the outskirts of Levin I came across a fruit and veggie stand and was ecstatic to find some strawberries for only $1.50!  This was my first strawberry sighting so I had to stop.

STRAWBERRIES!!!

STRAWBERRIES!!!

Mmmmmmmm

Mmmmmmmm

 

In Levin I was able to find side roads for a few km’s before rejoining SH1.  SH1 north of Levin is quieter than south of Levin.  I suspect some traffic turns off in Levin to head towards Palmerston North, but it is still a bit busier than I would have liked.

While on this stretch of the road I bumped into another tour cyclist, Andrew, who stopped and chatted for a bit.  He is from New Zealand and is doing a short tour, taking in some of the windmills along the way.

Fellow tour cyclist Andrew

Fellow tour cyclist Andrew

 

Andrew informed me of a massive bridge that I was approaching and told me about a great cycle path beside the bridge.

This is only half the bridge.  There's no way I would have gotten the whole bridge in one pic!

This is only half the bridge and even it fades into the distance. There’s no way I would have gotten the whole bridge in one pic.  It was at least 1km long

Cool creek under the bridge

Cool creek under the bridge

 

Just before 2pm I arrived in Foxton where I met up with my parents and caught a lift to Whanganui.

A park in Foxton

A park in Foxton

 

Carrying a bit more of my gear today (notice two full panniers on my bike instead of just the one partly full pannier I previously had), and the persistent headwind, my legs were tired and I was ready for a break.  It will be interesting to see how the ride goes when my bike is fully loaded – it might take some time for my legs/body to adjust to the extra gear!

In Whanganui we picked up some groceries, made dinner, spent some time in the hot tub and had a relaxing evening.

3 comments

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Keep at it Tami, you’re doing great. Have you noticed why they call New Zealand ‘the land of the long cloud’?

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