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Old 30-04-2019, 10:34 AM   #6
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Just a few k's further south and down another 100 steep + tight bends is Karekare Beach.
















The Leftovers of last night's public Christchurch-Massacre Memorial Gathering are more than sobering.... the simplicity and location only add to the sadness.














But there is also life and colour at the beach









Time to return to base and pick up the "wheels" at Te Waipounamu HQ, using the rest of the afternoon to rig the bikes and pack our bundles for an early Sunday morning start.


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Old 30-04-2019, 10:35 AM   #7
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Some of the culprits getting warmed up... if there was something like that place in Melbourne, Apple's latest Iphone addicts would rot with envy in their sleeping bags...






42 taps of craft-brew!!!! Suck on a mouldy sock, Australia!
And that's before the exquisite knowledge of the guys behind the bar!
42 taps pffft sounds like they ain't even in the big leagues....crikey Pete you need to get out of Kilysth a little more....heaps of groovy houses of beer around Melbourne....maybe if you had a smart phone there's even an app for it....
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Old 30-04-2019, 12:33 PM   #8
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With the essentials out of the way (and an anxious eye into the skies for the first of the promised rain...) we're getting in before the crowds roll up.





RAIN?? Nobody told me about frickin rain!!





Gotta talk with someone about that one!!






Got that sorted...got the "WeatherGods-App" loaded.... whaddayawannaknow?



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Old 30-04-2019, 02:20 PM   #9
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Listening to the pelting rain and swishing car-tyres in the brooding morning-grey wasn't really the start hoped for...the MetService website kept waffling about a fine day with the occasional shower. Sure!
Through the watery curtain there were some fleeting lighter moments to the south for a minute or 2....hmmm. A delayed start then, quickly ducking into the fruit shop next door for a coffee and a bit to eat.


When rain turned to heavy drizzle it was time to go and make some tracks before the rest of Auckland had the same Sunday-morning-idea. With freeway-signage worse than in The Balkans and quickly increasing traffic it was a fast push south, clocking a quick 120km to leave city and suburbs behind....and make up some of the lost time.

Barely onto the Harbour Bridge the rain had stopped, too....the MetService was right after all





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Through the backblocks on narrow and bumpy country lanes, swapping tar for gravel occasionally, and then back again, the skies cracking into white+blue....
we were cruisin'!










A quick stop for a little breakfast top-up....














A missed turn-off led up the hill amongst heavy traffic on SH36 to the Te Pu Gorge and back into heavy rain again... which then seemed to push us along for the rest of the afternoon, a wall of black behind us.





Lake Rotoehu






A witches' grave? Saw that little pier too late and didn't quite make the corner on her broomstick?
Shit happens, aye?






Bonus points to the Eastern end of the Manawahe Rd., a dream-like cruise on damp gravel along the flank of a hill covered in deciduous trees and falling leaves....

And while at it... Tapapa Rd.....despite it's signage of "no exit" (dead-end road) at both ends, the tiny asphalt strip of bike-path dimensions DOES go through while winding it's way through a narrow farm-valley and over a shallow ridge. VERY picturesque, GOLD!

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Cozy cabins at the Thornton Beach Holiday Park give a chance to fix a few niggles on the bikes, dry out the gear and take stock of a pretty full first day.


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Old 02-05-2019, 12:43 PM   #10
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More sleep broken by hammering rain on the tin roof of the cabin.
Then a light drizzle for a few minutes to glimpse the small offshore island...




A half-dry run across the backcountry hills (what view??) into Opotiki and up the coast to the start of the Motu Rd.....

Game over!!

The blackbellies above start to unload, the fine drizzle turns to a soft, heavy soak....and the hope to catch the feint- light patch in the sky is destroyed by every turn of the Motu, tacking into yet another side-valley, climbing up the drenched and dripping coastal ranges, slipping and sliding on the wet, rocky steps in those sharp, tight bends into the soggy shroud of more rain.

While the road is in basically good nick, this is just not the place to farkup...and get away with it.


Fog blanks out the next bend, the jacket weighs an extra 5kg with all the soaked up water, the Goretex-Klims leak like a sieve and the icy water trickles down the inside of the leg into the (waterproof!!) boots from a ever-deepening pool around the family jewels. I'm getting too old for this "fun"...


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Matawai finally serves up the first 10 minutes of "DRY"!! Whoo-bloody-ray!!....and Hot Chocolate....and a major stream-line of the afternoon route as we have lost a big chunk of time on the Motu Rd.













A narrow channel of daylight to the south-east promises a dry-ish run down the SH2 towards Gisborne.....we'll take that, thanks!
Hooray!! ...Northern Hawke's Bay serves up a hotchpotch of "black + blue" (skies!)... and some of the soaked gear starts to dry out.






Hackfalls Arboretum, a beautiful little place in a small side-valley with a great rollercoaster dirt-track for the in+out.





Even if it wasn't for our planned turn off the main road, Te Reinga Falls are worth a look.
2 rivers merge just above the 35m drop...












...and thus starts the best part of the day:

The glorious loop through Kokotea Station (see: "unnamed road" in the next map) fabulous gravel with incredible views, the odd sheep, dog, feral cat and deer amidst the backcountry hills and ridges with the growing shadows of a late autumn afternoon.
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