Thursday, March 27, 2014

Day 5 Part II. Ngawha Springs -> Mangamuka Gorge -> Awanui -> Manganui -> Kerikeri -> Kawakawa -> Russell Ferry -> Russell Road -> Matapouri Road -> Sandy Bay

345 km - 5hr : 17min
Another long day! Overcast but no rain predicted. North up Highway 1 through the Mangamuka Gorge. Great riding. At Awanui we turn east on Route 10. We skip the ride out to Cape Reinga. 104km each way but we don't have the time. Save it for another day when we have the bikes to come back down 90 mile beach at low tide!
On to Mongonui for morning coffee. Fantastic coastline - lots of bays and headlands. Great roads on the bike.
Kerikeri for lunch before heading to Kawakawa to view the public toilet designed/built by the artist Hundertwasser. Worth the detour!
Coffee at the Trainspotters cafe before heading back the way we came to Paihai to catch the ferry across to Russell Road. Ferry skipper invites me up on the bridge to take photos. Bonus!
The Russell Road is yet another great coastal ride. Many tight corners!
A brief stint back on Highway 1 before we turn off for another coastal loop on the Matapouri Road.
Camp at Sandy Bay on the beach under clear skies! A swim before supper and a cold beer. Perfect end to another perfect day!

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