Cape Reinga

img_8616Crossing Auckland on the Motorway was very scary for Mary. She's not done a motorway on the bike before and may never again. It is with considerable relief we stopped at the Book Shop in Helensville, as usual, it's not bad but the coffee was a bit of a miss. I could not recommend the eggs benedict but Mary's BLT looked great.

Logan (a local top dresser) stopped to talk and find out about the Spyder at a random lookout we stopped at on the Kaipara harbour. We stood by the side of the road in the drizzle and he invited us to stay at his place, very generous but I think herself requires other accommodation for her 60th birthday

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Read more: Tuesday 11th May 2010

img_8627Breakfast at Blah Blah Blah again was very good and we had a long chat with Vern(?) and his mates. Vern runs a local radio station.

We stopped at Tane Mahuta, the giant kauri which we had not visited for the past 27 years. Several heavy showers did not deter and we got to Rawene where we had lunch at the Boat Shed. Welcome tea and cake while the Heavens opened, the drought is starting to break I'd say.

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Read more: Wednesday 12th May 2010

img_8636An early visitor in the form of Monster the cat who, against all expectations, had managed to climb in through the window and leave muddy paw prints down the wall. Breakfast at the Clipper was A1 and we set off for a day trip to the Cape Reinga. Great biking roads with very little traffic seem to be the rule.

Places for a cup of tea are few and far between north of Kaiatia so be warned. Mary nearly set of a riot at the BP station, everyone came for a look at the Spyder and the queue to get gas was out the forecourt.

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Read more: Thursday 13th May 2010

img_8663It always seems to be a challenge to stay the extra night out rather than go home and so home we went. This despite having to deal with the rush hour traffic though Auckland's motorways.

This fortunatly did not stop us having lunch at Kawakawa station (where the rail track runs down the middle of the main street).

We left determined to spend more time in Northland as we really only scratched the surface.


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