|Journal for 11-Feb-2004 : Tautapere|
My morale greatly improved today. It's amazing what a bit of blue sky and flat road can do for a cyclist's motivation. It wasn't exactly hot (needed arm and leg warmers all day), but it was (almost) completely dry and quite sunny for a good deal of the days riding. Still a modest headwind, but not the 50kph thing we'd have had to contend with yesterday.
Stopped at Riverton for our first break. Nice looking little town with lots of old wooden houses. Surprisingly the town is located on a river mouth. Eventually found the phone box, but after fifteen minutes waiting for it's occupant to leave we gave up and rode on.
A few small hills near Colac Bay gave us great views over Foveaux Strait to the towering mountains on Stewart Island.
Lunch at Orepuki, which is almost a ghost town (pub still occupied) and very well hidden public toilets which fooled more than one passer by.
McCracken's Rest lookout interestingly at the bottom of a hill (that threw us), but still gave great views of the rocky beach and grey Southern Ocean surf crashing into it.
Tautapere almost as small as it is unpronounceable. Bucketing with rain (again) as we elect not to camp.
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