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).
Took a walk and tried my luck in the river. The accessible areas were not ideal and all I did was manage to lose a lure to a tree which I couldn't land.
All in all, the layover was good to rest, repacked bike bags, and did not get blown all over the road on the way to Ashburton.