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Day 5 Ashburton to Winchester

A really great, flat and downhill, 55 km ride to Winchester. Took breaks at 15km way points and just spend a pleasant day in the coastal farmlands. Minor headwinds mostly blocked by the tree rows planted along the edges of the fields. Arrived at the Winchester Holiday Park around 5pm with plenty of daylight and time to set up camp in a leisurely manner. This was however to be the end of riding for this trip. I came on the trip with a pending physical challenge, knowing that it might flare up and it did.

Day 3 Rakaia River Campground

<p>Decided I needed a rest day and a chance to try fishing the Rakaia River next to the campground. Lucky that I did delay the day, the winds were terrible reaching gusts of 120 km/hr (72 mph). Met one couple towing a travel trailer (caravan) who took refuge in the campground to keep from being blown off the roads. The wind in the tall evergreens of the campground were quite dramatic, another memory of the storms we had on the Olympic Peninsula when I was young (still have those storms with or without me).</p><p>Took a walk and tried my luck in the river.

Day 4 Rakaia to Ashburton

<p>[flickr-photo:id=26512591442, size=s] A relatively short and easy ride with a great tail wind. Beautiful farmland with lots of sheep (ok, I had to say it at least once) The Ashburton Coronation Holiday Park was reasonable. They are not set up for tents by any dedicated area but have some grassy areas next to the caravan parking and adjacent to the kitchen and shower facilities which is good. I selected Ashburton to break up the ride to my next destination which was another 55 km.</p>

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