The ride also takes me past Princess Bay, a really pretty spot on the South Coast, just inside the Taputeranga Marine Reserve. If it's going to be a hot day, I toss a bikini and a towel into my cycling bag so I can stop by the beach on my way home from work.
Nothing drives the work day so completely out of your head like a swim in the sea on a hot day. The water's cold, but it feels marvelous once you get used to it. I had a fantastic swim yesterday, followed by sunbathing and reading on the beach. I'd forgotten how nice that is.
Today, of course, it's raining. Everybody I know keeps sighing about last summer, when the hot weather arrived before Christmas and stretched lazily into March.