Sunday, March 30, 2014

Day 7 - Part II. Whangaparaoa -> Orere Point -> Thames -> Coromandel

229km - 3hrs:31min
After a leisurely breakfast with our hosts, we saddle up and head off down the highway and blast our way through Auckland. Leave the motorway at the Botanic Gardens for the back route to the Coromandel Peninsula, round the Firth of Thames.
Morning coffee at Orere Point. More good riding and yet more excellent weather. Thames for lunch and then farewell to M and U who will head south while I spend 2 nights in Coromandel with Celeste and her friend Suzanne. The plan is for me to catch up with  M and U for the last 2 days ride back to Wellington.
Reach Coromandel late afternoon after a fun ride up the coast. Roads relatively quiet despite it being Saturday. Lots of boats out on the Firth of Thames, which is as calm as the proverbial mill pond.
Celeste and Suzanne are staying at the Fern Lodge Treehouse. Cute!
Dinner in Coromandel then bed. Tomorrow a day of tourism!

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