Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Day 3 Part II. Lake Whakamaru -> Kihikihi -> Pirongia -> Raglan -> Pukekohe -> Auckland.

319km - 4hrs : 29 mins.
Cool calm night, but overcast/low cloud in morning. Our route north will avoid main roads until last haul into Auckland via motorway. We will he spending the night at friends of M & U. Ewin & Charlotte.
I met Erwin once over 30 years ago when he accompanied Marco & I with 3 others on a hike to Federation Peak.
Kihikihi for morning coffee and cake from the local bakery.
More excellent roads and we reach Raglan for lunch on the beach.
A fantastic road north from Raglan, quiet, full of sweeping curves and climbs and descents through the open Waikato countryside.
Afternoon coffee on the banks of the Waikato River before we plunge into the madness of Auckland traffic. Peak hour, even though we are going against most of the traffic. Bad accident ahead causes major disruption. Fortunately on the bikes we can lane split and make our way through with minimal delay.
Good to meet up with Erwin after all this time. We are both a lot older!
A meal out at the nearby Asian food hall, then shower and bed. We make camp in the garden studio.

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