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10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
11/07   Russell Forest
11/08   Bus and Ferry
11/09   Thames
11/11   Castle Rock
11/12   Hot Water Beach
11/13   Owharoa Falls
11/14   Thompson's Track
11/15   Rotorua
11/17   Rotorua Rain
11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
Kayak Trip 2017

Pureora Forest Park


tl;dr: I ate breakfast in Taupo and biked into Pureora Forest Park where I got cold and wet.

It was warmer than I expected it would be in the morning. Maybe the weather is finally turning my way?

Rather than strike off on my original route I headed into Taupo first for some breakfast and groceries. Why not?

There was a bit of mist, but I expected that to burn off. And it almost did, but by noon the clouds were dumping a steady drizzle down on me. The wind hadn't let up from yesterday. And it was cold.

There was a sign pointing to the "Centre" of the North Island. I didn't know I'd be going near, so I turned off to look. It was much farther than I expected it to be, but I made it.

I don't know if it was the cold or the gravel road or all the climbing or what, but by 3 PM I was walking my bike up hills I should have been able to peddle. By 4 PM I was seriously cold and wet, and the weather showed no signs of improving. I was almost out of the forests I had been peddling through all afternoon, so decided to stop for the day. I set up my tent in some pine trees and climbed in with my wet clothes and tried to warm up.

The rain never did let up and I slept most of the rest of the afternoon and night.

good morning Taupo

There are a LOT of bicycle sculptures in this area.

I finally get to see Craters of the Moon, but from the highway.

geothermal power station

a few cows


These crow-like birds make cool noises and swoop at you if you get too near their nest.

back into the mountains

into Pureora Forest Park

a few sheep

There are two other dogs running behind this truck.

walking to the Centre of the North Island

Ten bucks says a kiwi did it.

a kauri at the Centre of the North Island

I don't know what these trees are called, but they are big.

wet and cold

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