Day 27: Exploring Harura and Russell

I went for a leisurely ride today to visit Haruru Falls and catch the ferry to explore Russell. Compared to previous rides, this would be super easy, so I put on my hot pink top and scarf, then headed on my way.
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I had my first fall on the bike, not a bad one, but just a reminder that in a split second it’s easy to mess up. I was riding down the footpath here, which turns quite sharply, which you can’t see as you descend. A driver came up really close behind me and honked the horn a few times. I must have flinched and had my handlebars tap the brick wall, because I tipped over and fell in the bushes.

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So out of all motorists, including trucks, buses, motorcycles and cars, the horn honkers are the worst. Their vehicles weigh 100 times more than mine, they travel at 5 times my speed and insist on driving really close to me and repeatedly pounding their car horns. It’s not cute or funny, it’s just obnoxious. It’s happened a few times at highway speeds and I’m just lucky I didn’t lose my balance, fall onto the road and die. Okay, that’s my rant for the week, just a little cyclist rage.

The rest of the day was great though, Haruru Falls was beautiful, although the picture looks a bit funny. I’m wearing black gloves and black skins, so it looks like I have no hands.

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After having fish and chips for lunch and a hot mocha to warm me up, I caught the ferry to Russell, where I saw some parasailers and contemplated trying it out.

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View from the ferry

I rode to Long Beach and around the bays at a leisurely pace, enjoying the changing scenery around me.

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A windy day on Long Beach

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Long Beach from the lookout

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Oh NZ, always providing beautiful walkways.

I ended up return to the pier 45 minutes before my ferry left, so I sat on a swing and then a bench to admire the views.

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The sunset ferry ride was really nice and I promptly got on my bike ride home. It’s only 6km away, but the road is also a high crash zone, so I was keen to get past it in one piece. Luckily half of it has a separate footpath and there wasn’t much traffic. I made it home safely and packed my things for a big day tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Day 27: Exploring Harura and Russell

    • Yeah, that’s why horn honkers are the worst. Aside from them, other drivers have been respectful, I’ve seen at least 5 different types of cyclist awareness billboards so far.

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