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Russell Forest

2016-11-07

tl;dr: I took a ferry over to Russel and continued south.

It rained hard last night. Like really, really hard. I'm glad I was inside. I stuck around the Pickled Parrot until late morning watching the weather. Eventually I decided the day would be nice enough and left.

Chris left at the same time and we both caught the ferry across the bay to Russell. A woman named Jude also brought her bike onto the ferry.

In Russell Chris took off. His bike is much lighter than mine and I knew I'd never keep up. Jude left as well. After eating my egg and bacon pie I hit the road as well only to be greeted by an insistent ticking noise. After much troubleshooting I discovered that my rear bearings were failing. Great. I tried to use my phone to look up bike shops, but t-mobile sucks here. Oh well, the only thing I can do is head toward Whangarei some 80 kilometers south. There should be a shop there.

Here is what my bearings sound like:



I biked 4 kilometers out of my way because I missed a turn.

Eventually I caught up with Jude. She has a lot more gear than me, and she takes her time. The roads here have very little traffic, so I biked with her until about 3 PM when she turned off to find a campground. I kept heading south.

I met a group of hikers doing the Te Araroe. That's a four or five month journey, and they are only in their second week. They survived the soul-crushing Ninety Mile Beach, though. I paced them for a while. The only supply they were short on were cigarettes.

I got rained on several times during the day. Once I stopped in a dirty abandoned bus stop shelter and ate dinner while it rained.

Eventually I climbed a gate, skirted another gate and a downed tree and pushed my bike to the top of a mountain to set my tent up in the rain.

Chris at the Pickled Parrot


bikes on a ferry


Chris and Jude


Bay of Islands from Russel


sheep




I found an iPhone.


Take care!


These big kauri trees are hard to photograph.


This car looks recently burned.


Russell Forest


hikers on the Te Araroe


I found a large snail shell and took a blurry picture of it.




goats


some rocks beside the road

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