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Rotorua

2016-11-15

tl;dr: I stopped in Rotorua. There are thermal pools here.

It rained a little over night. It rained a lot more this morning.

I peddled hard to try to get off the private Leslie Road before I was caught. Eventually after a turn I met a guy in a truck. I was prepared to be told kindly that I was trespassing, but it was just a worker and it turns out I had made my way to a "public" road. I continued biking on with less zeal until I made the highway.

Just north of Rotorua in the town of Ngongotaha I was biking sort of aimlessly looking for a road that wasn't the highway. A local got out of his delivery truck to flag me down and give me directions to a bicycle track. I had to backtrack a little, but the guy took his umbrella and a footpath to meet me on the track to ensure I was headed in the right direction. Kiwis can be super friendly sometimes.

I biked into Rotorua in the rain. Rotorua is known for its thermal pools. Due to the cold air steam was pouring out of the ground all over the city. Everything is permeated by a slight sulfur smell. (Okay, sulfur-compound smell; I realize it is impossible to smell pure sulfur.)

I got a room at Cactus Jack's hostel. Unlike all of the other hostels I've stayed at so far in New Zealand, Cactus Jack's seems to be populated by mostly Kiwis. A drunk kiwi is nearly unintelligible.

biking the logging roads in the rain


a big rock in a cow pasture


wet sheep


Lake Rotorua


entering Rotorua in the rain


thermal pool in Kuirau Park


thermal pool in Kuirau Park


Cactus Jack's


inside Cactus Jack's


found an attention loving cat

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