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Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange

2016-11-03

tl;dr: Look, mail box pictures!

Today was kind of a boring day. I didn't visit any notable sites (except maybe the oldest bridge in New Zealand, which I sort of stumbled upon). Just miles upon miles of awesome New Zealand farm land.

I was a bit nauseous as I left the hostel. It was probably due to all the instant coffee I drank.

A night in the hostel recharged my batteries, literally if not figuratively. My body wanted no part in leaving this morning. Also, looking back over my right shoulder is becoming painful.

I crossed the Hokianga Harbor on the Rawene Kohukohu Ferry.

I ate a big lunch in Awaroa. Apparently a corn dog is just a hot dog here. So after leaving town I became sleepy and pulled off the road to lay in the grass for a bit. When I finally sat up, there sat a big citrus right next to me. I can't imagine how I had missed it earlier, and there was no good reason for it to be there. Maybe an elf or fairy supplied it? Not to offend any local cryptids, I ate it. It wasn't too bad.


After eating the grapefruit-sized orange I felt pretty good.

There were many hills to climb again, but a surprising number of roads I was on either followed a valley or were on flattish ground. This was a nice change.

I stopped in Kaitaia to pick up a map. My phone works for navigation, but it is little use when other people ask me where I'm coming from or going to.

The forest I wanted to camp in was well secured, so I continued on for a few more kilometers until I found myself in an avocado grove.



Some of New Zealand's towns have guns, too.




mail box


Rawene Kohukohu Ferry




New Zealand's oldest bridge in Kohukohu


I saw so many turkeys today.








suddenly an orange


I think this display is deliberate.




mail boxes


mail boxes




mail box


I think these hedges are to protect crops from the wind.


camping in a avocado grove

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