Category Archives: 2012 New Zealand Bike Ride

Post Ride Day 5 Fri 2/3. Whitianga – Auckland – Melbourne

Finished cleaning the riding and camping gear and managed to squeeze everything back into the pack, then off to complete the circuit around the lower Coromandel.  Todays road made yesterdays look almost straight by comparison and set new standards for … Continue reading

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Post Ride Day 4 Thur 1/3. Tauranga – Whitianga

No surprise to wake up to the familliar sign of rain but eventually the sun came back out and turned into a sunny day.  Had spotted a likely looking coffee spot last night so headed there for the heart starter … Continue reading

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Post Ride Day 3 Wed 29/2 Rotorua – Tauranga

First look outside revealed more cloud so not in a hurry to head out, but eventually weather started clearing up.  Headed into downtown for a coffee and some planning after a wander around the city park that has a number … Continue reading

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Post Ride Day 2 Tue 28/2. Taupo – Napier – Taupo – Rotorua

Now in the first few days over here I managed to lose my Kindle – had given up on it some time back but this morning in a rare moment of clarity I remembered using it several days after I … Continue reading

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Post Ride Day 1 Mon 27/2. Taupo

Did the normal post ride readjustments – no need to queue for a leak, pack up a wet tent, eat half warm porridge and get on an uncomfortable bike seat – and instead walked across the road to the beach … Continue reading

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Day 9 Sun 26/2 Whakmuaru – Taupo 46 km 700m vertical

What a great finish to the trip. Quite chilly overnight – found myself checking how the sleeping bag feels when fully zipped up for the first time in quite a while. Mist hanging over the lake pre-dawn but before first … Continue reading

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Day 8 Sat 25/2. Okoroire – Whakamaru. 79 km 700m vertical?

A little rain overnight but the big tree above me kept most of the tent dry.  Actually cool enough this morning to need to choose which layers to wear and it stayed cool all day – lovely.  Maintained the tradition … Continue reading

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Day 7 Fri 24/2 Somewhere near Rotorua – Okoroire 46km, 350m vertical

Writing this a day late and its faded into the background a bit, but a dry night and a sunny morning saw the camp in much better state – though the cow turds were still ever present.  Had managed to … Continue reading

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Day 6 Thur 23/2 Whakatane – A Cow Paddock sort of near Rotorua. 96 km, 700m vertical

I could say that I enjoyed the riding today and it would be sort of true, but it doesn’t  get away from the fact that today IT SUCKED. I know I’ve probably ridden through heavier  rain and definitely through colder … Continue reading

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Day 5 Wed 22/2 Whakatane Rest Day.

After the twin luxuries of sleeping in a bed and being able to make toast, rode down the bike path along the river for a coffee as I finally got the word the tour is going ahead.  Rain started just … Continue reading

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