Last night, I found an unofficial campsite right on the shore of Lake Taupo which was pretty damn spectacular, as you can see in the picture – amazing sunset. I chatted to a couple of French guys who work in Pamerston North and had the weekend off – they were also camping – Terry and… sorry, I forget your name!
Today, I set off on highway 1 from Taupo, partly on the advice of Terry. It’s not nearly as bad a road down this way compared to Auckland. Much quieter and a wide hard shoulder most of the time. Normally I don’t really plan my day, but given I was cycling through the “Desert Road” perhaps I should have. It climbed up to over 1000m from about 300m which took some doing I can tell you. I ran out of water twice, though thankfully I soon came across the only stream I would see all day. The second time, was after over 100km of cycling (mostly uphill) and I only had another 5 to the next town, Waiouru. I stuffed myself with an ice-cream and a small bottle of Coke to get the boost I needed to try and find somewhere to camp. A further 10km and I finally resorted to climbing a locked gate which lead me up what looks like an old road and a deserted field. A quick solar shower in the corner of the field (those things are the way forward), some food, pitch the tent and it’s dark! Good timing I say. Time for some much needed sleep!!!