Woke to a wet and windy day. I needed to stock up with food (for breakfasts, ride snacks and dinners) and see if anyone could help with yesterday's discovery, the gravel bike's loose rear hub bearings.
I called a few nearby bike shops; most were booked for days/weeks ahead but Village Cycles Richmond said they could take a look. Dropped the bike off but told them had another bike to ride, so to prioritise anything keeping other people from riding.
I didn't really need it for the rest of my Nelson rides, could even do without it in Golden Bay. Returning to Richmond would only add a few kilometres driving to my travels after Golden Bay.
I stocked up with groceries and fruit on the way back, one thing about all the biking is you get through the food!
I don't bother with techo sports supplements when riding. I favour gummy sugary sweets while riding, Moro/Snickers bars and biscuits (oat or similar) or fruit when stop, some juice (1/3) and a pinch of table salt in the water bottles. Not sure about the science but works for me.
For this trip, because of COVID, I was favouring a decent outdoor table café lunch while riding and doing my own breakfast/dinner to avoid indoor dining.
A Days hike!
After most of the day lost to 'admin', and a lazy start, I needed to get some air. As the forecast predicted, the persistent rain eased by early evening.
I walked to Tahunanui Beach and along SH6 (Rocks Rd) to a track I'd seen while cycling. Days Track goes from the foreshore up the Tahunanui hillside. There are plenty of steps to get up but the payoff of magnificent views.
I had my 'Antarctic' raincoat in case the rain returned but ended up carrying it because it was still warm. Followed the road back down getting takeaways, Fish & Chips from 'The Sands', to eat at the beach on the way home.
This 'couch' is well placed for a rest and the views.