Probably one of the least inspiring sounds is rain on the roof of your lodgings prior to setting out on a days ride. But rain it was as I departed Leithfield Beach for Cheviot at 7.45. Fully wet weather clothed, with additonal layers to keep out the cold, I headed out. By late morning it had cleared and I had lunch on the platform of the Glenmark Staion in Waipara. The station and rolling stock are operated by the Weka Pass Railway Society, and a very professional operation it is. A steam train runs regularly through winter, and a diesel loco through summer. And then a great find. In the Waipara museum is an antique penny farthing. Originally owned by Andrew Todd of Waipara Downs, he rode it around Christchurch and then rode from Waipara to Kaikoura in 1885!
Not long after midday, trouble, the rubber on the rear wheel came apart, and I had a repair job on my hands. My breakdown occurred beside the little primary school of Omihi. The children were finishing their lunch when I walked across the playground with the rear rubber in my hand. A quick back track to Waipara, and with the expert aid of Andy at the garage, a new piece of wire was inserted through the rubber, welded, and I was back on the road, arriving into Cheviot at 9.15pm.
Photos – Antique original penny Waipara Museum, Wheel repairs Waipara garage, staff and some of the pupils Omihi School.