Day 9 Ohakune to Lake Taupo

Due to differences in timezones, and despite being away from home for over a week this was my first Thursday in New Zealand and also my first point to point fully loaded cycle ride.

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After a rather wonderful breakfast of poached eggs, bacon and toast washed down a large coffee I set about packing and repacking my bike. I have more stuff with me this time including a whole stash of goodies from Auckland based Solo clothing samples for the Prompt.cc shop and a foldable bike bag for the bus trips.

First stop of the day was at National Park at just under 40 km where I got chatting to a Kiwi who was cycling from the North to South over an 8 week period.  He did not seem to impressed by the fact that I was using buses to get about.

The route to Lake Taupo was stunning and I finally got a glimpse of Mount Ruapehu as the day finally cleared a little of the clouds and rain.

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Lunch (bought in Ohakune and also supplied by Mrs Gaskell in the form of caramel slices) was taken overlooking Lake Taupo and followed a long and slow climb sometimes approaching 12 percent. When you are fully loaded there is no choice but to sit in the saddle and spin away.

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Lake Taupo is truely stunning and continues for as far as the eyes can see. After lunch I cycled down to Turangi my base for the night and a backpackers delight with loads of cheap and colourful accommodation to choose from.

Tomorrow I head for New Plymouth on the bus. A bit of a rest day before the Taranaki Cycle challenge.

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