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Owharoa Falls

2016-11-13

tl;dr: I purchased a new tire and visited Owharoa Falls and Karangahake Gorge.

It was cold last night. And windy. But the sun was out for a few hours in the morning before it got cloudy again.

I hear a lot of music in New Zealand. All of it from the U.S. It mostly falls into two genres: hip hop and classics (if you define classics as any song that would conceivably end up on a movie soundtrack). So far these people have enough self-respect to not listen to country music.

I waited around in Whangamata for an hour or more for a bicycle shop to open. It is Sunday, so I'm happy I even had the choice. The sidewalls of my front tire are now failing. This also happened with my rear back in Utah. I may never trust Schwalbe Big Apples again. Sad, because I've had good luck with them in the past. My only real choice was a relatively cheep mountain bike tire. I hope it holds up.

In New Zealand a bicycle is referred to as a "push bike". I must have heard this a dozen times before it clicked in my head.

I followed the Hauraki Trail for a few kilometers. Part of this follows an old railroad. It is better than the highway.

When it came time to camp once again the forest I had hoped to enter was littered with No Trespassing signs. So I decided to just push my bike into the jungle. This is the second time I've pushed-biked through the undergrowth of New Zealand. I think I may have learned my lesson. It is nearly impossible. Eventually I ended up back on those No Trespassing logging roads and just followed them deep into the forest. Hopefully nobody will find me.

Now the front tire is failing.


from Whangamata




eating lunch with some chickens


Caterpillar 777


Martha Mine






hauraki trail


gold refinery ruins


Owharoa Falls


1 kilometer train tunnel




Karangahake Gorge


Karangahake Gorge


These are the least Ritz Ritz-knockoffs ever.

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