Day 12. A second visit to the Army museum was the order of the day to read some more of the mountains of information available. After an hour or so it was time to move on, first stop Taihape.
We all needed a few bits and pieces from the supermarket which didn’t take long to procure. At the bottom of the downhill run towards Mangaweka we turned off across the Mangawharariki River Valley.
After crossing the river on a one way bridge the climb was up through Greywacke cliffs which appear to shed rocks quite frequently.
I had one lump the size of a cricket ball come rolling down the hill across my path but it landed in the centre of the road and I just rode over the top. We seemed to be climbing for ever and looking down to the valley floor below was getting more hair raising as we proceeded.
We eventually dropped down into another valley to Rangiwahia domain where a nice little campsite is available. With 3 power points, toilets and water it has all that we require for a couple of days stopover.