Sunday, October 14, 2007

Day 18 Kerikeri to Hihi Beach

Distance: 62.38k

Time: 4:20:52

Avg Speed 14.3k

Terrain: Rolling

Tonight I sit writing in the camp kitchen. The wind and rain are howling outside. We decided to brave it in a tent this evening. We just finished dinner and are waiting for the rain to let up before going back to the tent. We will see just how weather-proof it is.
We seem to be the only people staying at this “motor camp” tonight. We have all of the facilities to ourselves. The campgrounds here are very nice and well equipped. There is usually at least a common kitchen and bathhouse. The better kitchens provide pots and pans, place settings and utensils. It’s a very affordable way to vacation. Our favorite so far was Matakohe. They had a kitchen/family room setup with couches and a tv– it was quite enjoyable.
The setting here is wonderful – it’s right on the beach. We’re hoping the weather will clear by morning so that we can soak in the surroundings a bit before heading off again. We are now in the Doubtless Bay area, getting very close to the cape. The name comes from a journey that Captain Cook made here. As his ship passed by he remarked that it was “doubtless a bay”. Maybe he thought he’d have a better time in Russell…
The ride today went well. We covered a lot of ground and the riding seemed to be a bit easier. I think we’re finally getting in shape. We’re hoping to continue north one more day and then rest a couple of days. I would really like to see Cape Reinga. We will be signing up for a tour since we won’t have time to ride there and back before having to be in Auckland ten days from now.

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