So this morning we ditched the bikes!!




Our kind host offered to drop us at the start of a hiking trail Te Apiti. This was a great opportunity to get some tramping in.

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The trail followed a line of wind turbines so getting to see them up close was a powerful experience.

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The 1080 poison and traps were all around this area.

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The view points were worth each extra km we walked!

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After finishing our hike we loaded our bikes said our farewells to Ross and started our 20km to Palmerston North.

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This started with a very busy flat road on a huge shoulder. One turn later we were on a well sealed cycle path flowing along a river. This took us all the way into town.

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We were a little apprehensive on what to expect from the town and was pleasantly surprised. We entered through a flourishing park with a miniature train jammed with ecstatic children. So we were hoping to stay with a couple we met but couldn’t get in contact. So desperately contacted a few WS hoping someone could host. I am so glad I called Linda first and she was available to host. The interaction we had with her, Phil and Hayley was refreshing and heart warming. It was a great chance to exchange stories, advice about bikes, routes, travelling and even music. We wish them all the best in their South America tour and Hayley enjoys music school.

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