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Haruru Falls

2016-11-06

tl;dr: I visited Haruru Falls and stopped for the day (or two) at the Pickled Parrot in Paihia.

Another night, another few bird calls I've never heard before. One bird made calls all night long. Another morning bird had a very elaborate mix of vocalizations that I couldn't even pretend to reproduce even as I heard it.

I started off on gravel roads but soon found myself on Highway 10. Highway 10 is busy.

I found an onion bag and a plastic pole along the road. I used these things to fashion a flag that hangs off the rear of my bike to the right. It is super effective in getting cars to stop passing me with only inches to spare. I can actually hear cars hitting their brakes when they see that flag. I look stupid, but on some of New Zealand's busier roads it may be the only safe method.

I visited Haruru Falls.

As I pulled into the hostel district of Paihia I was waved down by Chris. Chris is from Scotland, and he was staying at the Globetrekker Lodge in Omapere when I was there. He hadn't followed my route all the way north. He steered me to the Pickled Parrot hostel. Hostels can be fascinating. Have you ever watched a drunk mix of Scottish, Spanish, English, German, Swedish and French? I lack the skill to describe it.

The weather is supposed to turn nasty. If it does I may stay here an extra day.

I did some math. So far I've manged to bike a little over 100 kilometers per day in New Zealand. If I can keep up that rate I can bike both islands in two months. That is still ambitious considering the terrain.

little owl


good morning fog


Cemeteries in New Zealand have more contrast.


quail in the road


waterfall on Fern Flat Road


cattle on Fern Flat Road


jungle on Fern Flat Road




A lot of women hitchhike in New Zealand


tourists at Haruru Falls


fewer tourists at Haruru Falls


swan


Te Ti Bay


Pickled Parrot common room

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