Monday - Going Home
And so Monday was our last day in the South Island and with no time to muck around we simply retraced our route down.
We had initially booked a mid-afternoon ferry back so there was no great hurry to get up and on the road - not a bad plan after a pretty full on couple of days. But we were up pretty early so decided that we'd hit the road but just cruise up the coast to Picton.
Our first stop was in Amberley for our last fill of South Island go-juice and we definitely stuck to that cruise mode until we got to the Hunderlies where I somehow found myself in the lead and put my PR2's to good use - it is imperative that you use all your tyres given the price of them...
Just South of Kaikoura we pulled in at the cafe to have a late breakfast. While there we started looking at different ferry options.
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Our original ferry had us arriving in Wellington at around 5:30pm - rush hour and not fun. Looking at the sailing due to go before this one we saw that it would arrive at around 4:30pm - would this be a better bet? And could we make it in time? Worth a crack eh?
So off we went and I kept myself occupied on the ride by calculating how well we were going and when we'd roll into Picton. We also didn't bother stopping for pictures...
As it turned out we made it in plenty of time and were able to change our tickets. After boarding and securing our bikes we parked up in the bar area and sprawled out in semi-comfort. Along the way we were first entertained by a truly awful singer who murdered many fabulous hits and then some "hippie chicks" with violin and guitar who were just passengers but a bit nicer to listen to.
The ferry eventually dropped us into Wellington (not before we were treated to more torture by the first singer) and we plunged into the traffic. I think we made the right decision regarding sailings as although the traffic was busy, there was only really serious congestion coming up the hill into Pukerua Bay. A quick stop in Otaki for some North Island fuel (365km on the last tank) and then there was just the final 70km home. What a great trip! When's the next one?
TT ride distance: 2,115km (Brian somehow did an extra 15km)
TT points: 12,000 (10,000 required)
Total distance: 3,123km (3,155 based on speedo)
Moving Average: 88.8km/h
Moving Time: 35 hours, 10 minutes
Gravel: Approx 17km
Tourists on wrong side of the road: 1 (Akaroa)