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Pureora Forest Park

2016-11-19

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


bull


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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