Spot on, Fodors.
Here's the map (click here if trouble viewing). Note it's the only road, bisecting Abel Tasman National Park to the east and Kahurangi National Park to the west.
A mere 39 miles, and yet a solid hour and 15 minutes to cover the intestinal road, much of it with no edge and only the merest hint of a fence to keep livestock from straying onto the road.
The vast terrain is hard to grasp.
The road goes on and on.
Sea level feels good. We arrive at Pohara, where there's a long and lovely view across Golden Bay.
Today's field trip was a kind of trial run to see if we wanted to ferry the caravan up and over this challenging road (of course Art wants to) several days from now. Plus we stopped at the grocery in Takaka for provisions. And found an organic community garden, where I picked kale and herbs for tomorrow's breakfast.
We had a little lunch and returned. The road didn't seem that much easier, but it was a beautiful day.