And then the rain came down...
For the 1st 50Ks or so it wasn't that bad, a steady drizzle and low cloud cover over the hills that (hopefully) produced some interesting photos. Watch out for the one that I'll be captioning "For that which I am about to receive may I be suitably grateful..."
(You'll know it, or the truck, when it comes by :) )
The terrain was interesting without the endless grinding climbs so I had a good mornings ride despite the rain. But sometime after the morning tea break at Berlins Cafe I was unwilling to take much more of the wet and opted to sit out the nasty hills between there and Charleston.
Besides there was a period (during which we cowered in Charleston at the lunch spot) where it began to really rain. I mean, Canberra level of rain. I continued to ride past the nasty hills (i was really tired) but as it began to dry out later I rode the last 10-15Ks into Punakaiki.
The full stats with the nifty table will appear later when I find an internet connection that lets me use the table command.
Briefly, 83.01Ks in 4:30:41 and the total todate is 297.30