After a very peaceful night alongside the Mangatainoka river it was time to move on. We had several options of which route to take to get to our next stop over. The route we chose was the Pahiatua – Pongoroa road halfway between Mangatainoka and Pahiatua.
The scenery was spectacular as we climbed up over the Puketoi Ranges passing through the Makuri Gorge scenic reserve and the Puketoi Conservation area. The only down side was two ignorant truck drivers who had no idea what slow down means. They were both towing trailers and felt that it was their God given right to charge on flat out forcing me off the road to avoid a collision.
Once we reached Pongaroa we turned onto SH52 which we assumed would be a better road. Wrong! For much of it’s length the road was narrower than the road we had just travelled over and with no road markings except in a few places where road improvements had taken place. Still we were in no hurry so we just took it quietly and thankfully didn’t meet any more trucks except one when we were all stopped by a farmer moving a mob of lambs across the road.
We arrived at Alfredton Domain in time for lunch in glorious sunshine which is good for the solar panel and the batteries. The only facilities here are toilets and water.