Today [Friday] I wanted to bike the longest circuit in the bike trail mosaic. From the black Bridge over the Tukituki River, to the red bridge [on the Eastern side] and then back on the western side. Total 32km. Not all of the trail is trail. Quite a bit is on the road, and there are some hilly portions. Thursday afternoon I drove most of the road part of the trail. It looked OK. Total according to the cars odometer 28km.
I set off about 8am on a lovely sunny day.
A view of the Tukituki River from the Black Bridge. The eastern side of the river is on the left. The hill in the distance represents about halfway.
Looking North from the Black Bridge. The sea is visible in the distance.
Looking South from the other end of Black Bridge. The dry has left little water in the Tukituki. The trail does not go near the hill in the background. It is long way off.. on the far side of Havelock North.
Reflections in a pool in the Tukituki River. I love water and just had to take this foto.
The trail winning along the left [Eastern] side of the Tukituki. You can see the hill at the half way point of my intended journey just by the tall poplar trees in the top middle of the picture.
This is great land for agriculture. Apple orchard next to hay meadow.
From the same point as the last picture. Hay meadow and then wine ......... lots of rows of grapes.... wine grapes....... Bacchus would rejoice.
Here the landowner has planted the land between the river and the stop bank. In fact the stop bank has ended because the land is rising. The tree in the foreground is another gum tree, native of Australia. The row of tees along the river is mstly willow and poplar. NZ Natives not to be seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looking North from the same spot, you can see cherry trees in the fore-ground,adjoined by peaches. The willows and poplars along the river make up the back-ground.
The trail leaves the river and joins the road. I've come 5.8 km from the Black Bridge. I have 10.2 more to reach the Red Bridge and some of it is steeply uphill.
On the way back! About 400m further back I decided I would not enjoy the rest of the bike ride as I would be struggling to complete it. So I turned around and headed back. At least I got a chance to view some wonderful Mediterranean looking gardens and vineyard.
The owner has even planted a few olives behind a dry stone [no mortar or cement used] wall.
The owner of the vineyard might have Mediterranean tastes, but has given it a distinctly Maori Name!
What a magnificent hill to grow wine grapes on. The Waiana Wain [wine!] must be wonderful.
Ok so I didn't complete what I planned to do. The hills were too steep and the air too hot. I really enjoyed the journey I did make though.
Cheers Chris the Pipe-maker.