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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.
When we arrived back to the home stead Roscoe was frying up some tuatua (clam) fritters for us all!! This included Rosco’s sister Connie and her husband John as well as his long term rider friends David and Sally. What a fantastic group of people who so warmly welcomed us!
It is like Hotel California here and you never want to leave, but leave we must.
We rode just down to Kaitaia to a cafe for brunch and then took a ride out onto the Karikari Peninsula. The road is paved until the last 10 km and you drive thru the campground and can park on Maitai Bay.
This is a very sheltered large bay with no surf and very shallow water for swimming. We stripped off and enjoyed the beach for an hour or so.
Then it was back to the scenic “Costal Discovery” route south with a side trip out around the peninsula to Matauri Bay.
Most of the bridges here in NZ are one way only even on the main roads.
The road initially follows the coast before turning inland.
The road around here is narrow and windy and steep at times, but there is very little traffic. You can stop on the way to admire the vista of the farmland, islands, and bays.
For lunch we had some burgers at a take away and Kiddie cones as this is what single scoop looked like!
It is now 3 pm and we have 177 km to go to get to Janet and Charlie’s batch in Mangawhai Heads…we will be late!! We stopped in Whangarei to get some meat and garlic bread for the BBQ and unfortunately they all had to wait for us to arrive after 630 for dinner. We pitched the tent in the yard as they had a full house with all their kids and grand kids. We had a very quiet and comfy night.
We want to get out onto the Coromandel Peninsula and are hoping for clear skies to get some Milky Way shots, but it is pretty cloudy today.
Leaving Mangawhai heads we gassed up with 91 and then we took the back roads, but had to get on the Highway 1 after 30 km just before Wellsford.
There was heavy stop and go traffic here and Dan’s 800 would not stay running. We pulled into a small park and set up the 911, which said there were no fault codes. The fuel pump and the injectors were are functioning correctly. This has happened a few times in the past as well. Is it bad gas or did he flood the bike at Te Paki!? We limped 600 m to the BP and purchased some octane booster and so far so good.
From here and thru Auckland and will stay on the motorway until we exit to get to Clevedon on the small roads. There is a really good pub here called the Corner!
What a ride... Glad I'm all caught up. What was the name of the Swede you met in KL, he looks very familiar, I think we might have shared a room at an hostel in Buenos Aires in 2013.
Merci - Looking forward to more soon
This is Orvar Eliasson we first met him in Panajachel in Jan 2013. We rode with him in CA. He was not in Argentina until fall of 2014 I think. We met him again in Vina del Mar for Christmas 2014
Again we had a late start and the delay with the bike and by the time we made it to the base of the peninsula at Thames it was after 5. We got some groceries and then headed 20 km to Tapu to camp on the beach. The road north here has just opened after the damage done by the storm last week and the King tide.
The camp spot is a huge grass field right on the water. We set the alarm for midnight, but it was totally cloudy and not good for star shots.
Today we want to explore the Coromandel Peninsula and ultimately make it to stay in Papamoa.
First we set off on the Tapu-Coroglen cross road. The first 5 km is paved and then the rest of the 22 km is gravel (except the last 2 km which had just been grated and the watered and was now packed mud). We only met 2 vehicles.
We then headed up the 25 to Kaimaramara and then after 10 km you are on the gravel again for 25 km to Coromandel City. There is a bit more traffic on this road, but it is not too dusty.
It is 26 km from Coromandel to Colville on the pavement and then 35 km on the gravel to the end of the road at Fletcher Bay.
The road is pretty curvy and you can get some speed with the good surface, but it was slow going at times as you had to be careful of the tight corners to make sure a local driving at speed was not coming the other way. The road hangs on the beach at times and then passes thru a few small settlements before rising up on the cliffs above the bay. We got caught behind a few cars and it was VERY dusty before they finally let us pass!
Actually our map GPS said the road continued thru, but they lied as beyond Fletcher Bay it is a walking path only. We had our picnic and then blasted back out to the paved road and to Coromandel.
It is faster to go south to Thames, but we wanted a new route and opted for the much longer way thru Kuaotunu. There is little traffic and we were only held up a few times by a slow moving logging truck or people pulling boats.
Most of the route the limit is 100 and we could really fly. It was still a long way to go from Coroglen to get to Papamoa on time and we were of course late again. Here we had been invited to the home go Ruth and Roger who have traveled all over by bike. Roger is a friend of our friend Julio in Guatemala. Julio helped him out a lot when he was in hospital 6 weeks after being rear ended on his bike and having surgery.
We were warmly welcomed to their home on the beach and met their good friends and riders John and Susan. While we were chatting a killer whale was surfacing in the waves 10 m off shore! They had a comfy room for us, had moved a car from the garage for the bikes, put the laundry in right away, and served us up a feast for dinner! Got to love riders!!
We had only planned to stay 1 night as we did not want to impose, but they made us feel so at home and comfy we stayed a second! This meant we had a day off here to get some things done. They had an appointment this morning and dropped us in Mount Maunganui.. Here we walked the 45 min around the mount and along the beach.
When they got back we had lunch at their favorite spot and then did the 1 hour hike to the summit. Not difficult, but very hot.
Roger was kind enough to drive us all over town and to 3 motorbike shops, 2 bike shops, Revco, and warehouse so we could get new gloves for Sara, a rear tube for the 800, chain lube, patch kits, and a tire gauge! PHEW. Then back “home” to wash the very dirty bikes, do the laundry from today, and have a watching the waves. Again we are sad to leave our new friends, but there is a lot to see here.
Great update, Thanks.
Never knew it was so beautiful there
Some of the nicest beaches we have seen.
The plan today is to get around the east cape.
First we headed south on the Highway 2 and made for Opotiki (A-poe-te-key) to stop “at the good cafe’. It was packed and had amazing coffee and baked goods. It is a biker stop and we met Richard and Robert who like many have advised us to go to the Burt Monroe rally in Invercargall Feb 8-11.
We then rode the coast road, which is very windy and slow going despite the complete lack of cars. We passed maybe 10 all day.
We had been advised not to stop or stay between Ruatoria and Tokomaru as “it is rough and we may not be treated well by the locals”. Not sure what people meant it looks the same as everywhere else. It was a very long day for us since we wanted to camp on the beach and this meant getting to Tamarau near Gisborne after 441 km.
We popped into town for groceries and then backtracked 10 km to the Tatapouri Motor Camp. We set up shop with a view of the sea, the stars, and the first light of the east cape at sunrise.