I awoke early to ride my bike up the best part of Waipoli Road. It's a brutal start with no flat part to warm you up.....just immediate incline.
However, I was spurred on by my new 'go faster' shoes on their inaugural outing. These guys did it in 6.5 minutes.....it took me about 40!
There's a peace in the world before it wakes up and if you couple that with the special feeling of just you the cows, birds, flowers, trees and clouds........well it's a magical recipe for a great ride.
The grasses and petals were still heavy with dew and I rode in and out of cloud banks, all the while with a steady cadence propelling me upward.
A cattle grid might stop cows, but it did little to stop this glorious beauty from taking root.
And talking of roots....look at this comedic carrot that showed up in a bunch from the farmers market. Bless.....I didn't have the heart to eat him, yet!