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10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
11/07   Russell Forest
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11/09   Thames
11/11   Castle Rock
11/12   Hot Water Beach
11/13   Owharoa Falls
11/14   Thompson's Track
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11/17   Rotorua Rain
11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
Kayak Trip 2017

Omeru Scenic Reserve

2016-10-31

tl;dr: I spent most of the day on highways, but I did stop at Omeru Scenic Reserve.

I slept like a rock last night. The only thing to wake me up was the occasional claxon call of some bird. I also drempt that I was having a conversation with some locals and I was speaking with a perfect New Zealand accent.

This New Zealand accent is tough. If I overhear people talking, I normally don't understand them. It's nice that I can understand them if necessary, though.

Stuff here is crazy expensive. A breakfast of French toast and baked banana and sort-of bacon with a little tiny "tall black" coffee cost $18. Just a bottle of coke at a gas station costs $4. I went to a McDonalds (mostly to use wifi) and their medium drink is the same size as a small back home and they don't let you get a refill.

There are a lot of birds here. Many must be imported. I heard pheasants cackling all morning. There are Canadian Geese, turkeys, ducks. I heard many different song birds.

I got rained on a little, but I mostly waited for it to end while at McDonalds.

After having been on a not-too-bad Highway 16 most of the day, I needed to jump on Highway 1 at Wellsford. This highway is very busy and no good for biking. Unfortunately, thanks to the water and hills, there are no other routes. Fortunately, I don't have to stay on Highwat 1 long.

I stopped early again, because I couldn't see that finding a campsite in the following 30 kilometers would be easy. The land is saturated by small sheep farms. I only very occasionally see aggriculter fields. I don't think there is a big need to stockpile hay for the winter here.

Once again I was asleep before sunset. I don't think I'm used to this timezone, yet.

I like starting the day on roads like these.




Many bridges are only a single lane with a right-of-way indicator.


chicken in the road




sheep


beware of tiny train


penned deer




There are a lot of bee hives.


waterfall at Omeru Scenic Reserve


waterfall at Omeru Scenic Reserve


This was way up on a hill. I have no idea what it is.


round bales


more sheep


Driving through contruction on the right side of the road made me fee like I was at home.


turkeys


turkey






Keeping my bike out of the rain.


hunter safety


Wellsford


looking for a place to camp

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