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New Zealand Day 2

New Zealand Day 2
Written by 3mienblog

Day 3 Pop: 60 km / 37 mi, Climb: 119 km / 74 mi, Total Climb: 309 km / 193 mi, Elevation Gain over 3 days, 9,710 to m

Today we cycle from French Bay to a campsite at Karangatua, which are on the northern shoulder off the Waiotapu Volcano in the Central Volcanic Plateau, the most southwestern spur of the Alpine Fault, Between Lake Taupo and Napier. This is the only time we will cycle a road, Highway 5 known as the Alpine Highway, part of the original road in 1885 under the guidance of Sir John Logan Campbell.

Hendra and I had gotten away about 7:20AM as Stephanie and Cameron were having a late breakfast (after all we had been up since 3AM and it was already 10AM). The weather was slightly less foreboding with a partial clearing around 8:00AM.

The plan was to go back the way we came the day before, out of the Wai-O-Tapu National Park, then to Opaki / Turangi where the Blueskin Cycleway enters the bike lane of SH2. We protested this part, arguing with the Adventure Consultant at QC Leisure, as we took almost three days to go 72km ($35/km). WHY GIVE US A BIKE RIDE WHEN WE COULD WALK THAT MILEAGE AND RIDE INSTEAD. No way to change their mind so Steph skipped the bike ride and spent the day at the Turangi Grand Hotel.

The ride from French Bay to Opaki proved to be very bleak with strong headwinds that are located along the volcanic field rim – we could not even get any shelter from the sun. We would not stop today except at cafes and we were fed up with plain biscuits with no additional flavours and no meat. We had stop lights before the town. Adequate supply of water was not entirely successful at the posts. Ken was frozen at Opaki. Once the road ran along SH2, we found the edges of SH2 to be better coasted or the shoulder of the road to be somewhat better. By the time we had cycled SH2 from Opaki to Lakeside, we found that the shoulder was filled with soft sand (yeah! sand!), so we took a couple inches of the edge of the highway. We used fresh water at an exit to refill our bottles because of expected tree closures on the Bikeway. 45 minutes later we had given up on the bike path.

We walked up SH2 to Taupo and shared a coke at the Dairy Company with the coolers under glass. With the shade, there was a slight breeze, this was where many home-owners claimed to spend the summer weeks with their boats.

The next intended bike path was off Range Rd. 378 (Old Taupo Rd) and claimed to be the longest cycleway in New Zealand. Stephanie and Cameron left us soon after starting it and we cycled together up and over Paengaroa Hill. We found many holes in and out of the pavement and we had to walk up the steepest part of the hill (c 6% grade). Obstacles were lacking where they were needed. After 2.25 hours, we had walked and cycled 10.2 km of this cycleway and it was time to come back.

My hip was sore and I was in a lot of pain STILL.

When Steph and I met the men in the night zone, we congratulated ourselves for completing the worst bit up hill. Cameron had ran out of water. More by luck than anything, we got water from the Range Rd. No water was working from Matawhero to Taupahi. From Matawhero to Taupo, 1 km down, we could use a pit toilet – keep walking. Steph learned how to say “Taupo”, but it came out as they heard it coming from our mouths.

Steph and I are thinking of installing a greenhouse and hydroponic gardening at Island Bays on Waiheke so the next day at 10:30AM we contacted Island Biotech who started out with upwell buckets for which we could return for a full credit if we did not find the sales pitch interesting or not truthful (keep in mind, Island Bays is a NO Hillsborough at 10:41AM).

Steph and Cameron who had bikes and newbies Cameron and Shane who Rodeo themselves at Parua Bay with Bicycle Mike was heading to Matarangi to cycle back to Opaki and were joined by Steph and I early on Sunday morning. On Sunday, 15, we deliberately rode first as it was not as windy as it usually is on Sunday. The plan was to take it regular and we cycled Hawke’s Bay 150 on Sunday evening. Clara Cornish was a highlight with an honour guard. At Hawke’s Bay 150 the greeting was Warm, Gentle and Kind with great attitude and good wishes. Dalriada’s air conditioner was great and the staff was friendly, from Michele at the Annex, Michelle at the food and beverage area to Sherri and Randy.

Public toilets and showers will be available at every three to four minute station. Ride maps for 3- and 20-mile routes are available at the Admissions desk or ticket tent and classes are announced from the Green Room.

A radio broadcast of the American country music format ‘The Trail’ – 67.7 Analog / 107.1 HD broadcast via KPUG can be heard at the event and throughout the island. Formerly WCIO, this country station will be broadcasting Katy Perry’s Sunday Funday on Sunday 12 at 6:00PM (daylight savings) this summer!

Strawberry Point is a great home base place with ability to supply food, barbecue and limited internet access at the office. Need to update this…unfortunately they were competing with Te Puna Hotel at Manaia and Windsor Franklin Bay Motels at Opape, so we had to move on to the Hanover Holiday Park where they had fast net and great shelter. Sunday 14, the second day we ride out of the Hanover Holiday Park, this motorhome park is a place to go off the bike path route between the main road and about 2km out of Masterton. It’s also got nice facilities, including a tall 12 stairs entrance,

My shoulder does not hurt as I wrote a note from watching Lord of the Rings then my afternoon nap took care of the pain a little. It is marginally better, but I am happy to bike. With the strong headwind from the Greenhill area, I really could not go faster than the others in pain.

We found that the Wairarapa Plains for cycling is much nicer than on Monday (tour) but the wind was different I got so many bee stings 14 and Sunday (15)

The town of Featherston, has no bike lanes, relatively flat terrain and heads away within this wind an area with a lot of forestry.

The thermal geysers associated with Wairarapa are new and are an area known as Wairarapa Stand. Driving through heavy fog brought us to a spectacular feeling to our next destination, Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre

http://www.mountbruce.org.nz/

New Zealand is an island nation of approximately 105,000 km² and is separated from Australia to the south by the ANZAC Continental crust 5000 m deep across the Tasman Trench. To the West of the North Island, the almost 6 km deep Hikurangira rift system separates New Zealand from the colliding plates. The process is slowed down because of the huge distance from the fault.

In northern part of the North Island and New Zealand, we find the Alps New Zealand; the ancient rounded mountains eroded by the highest precipitation (2500mm on the highest exposed plateaus, 1518mm at Kukupata, highest mean annual rainfall in Island -1374mm, north of New Zealand and German Alps). The moist airstream from the Hadley Cell and Krakatoa block the retreating Tonga Trench, part of the Pacific Rim. At the head of the Cook Strait in the Cook Straight, Cook Island is a small volcanic group on Hikurangi Sub-plate. The Pacific fault line, part of the Australian Plate, separates North and South Island, New Zealand connected to the Tasman Line within the Tonga Tear, in 1878 by the Pacific Plate and Australian Plate.

The North Island of this Island, is connected to Australia; the Pacific Ocean lies to the west and to the east is composed of continental plates covered with glacial sediments. New Zealand coasts roughen volcanic in the South Island, the eastern side facing from Cook Strait. To the north, the Countisbury Volcanic Group is at Cape Turnagain, these volcanic soils came from the hotspot of the Kermadecs Volcanoes to the east of New Zealand. They are unique within Adamata’s region and are related to the propagation of the volcanic rock. This group is strongly relieved in the Tasman Bay and North Island of New Zealand. There is a dome with a crater called Reminton; first discovered by Cook, whose summit has reached at 1860m higher than the Cook Strait, which has not been excavated as Red Crater volcano a few kilometres to the north. Remington and Red Crater Voluma (24.8 Ma), and soon found origin in 1975.

Like the caldera at 27.5 Ma and the depressed rocks of 34.3-24.8 and 20-34.3Ma are related. These faults and calderas, Tertiary Palaeosol volcanism, or Pre-Mt

New Zealand Day 2

New Zealand day two was a really really really long day. Too long.

We went to this amazing place called the Waitomo. I really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really enjoyed our time there.

It’s a place of great opportunity whenever you get a wheel for guided rafting. Little hint: every time you might move it to the left pillar, you’ll most likely end up in the water ♥.

By the way, you might get wet. WET. ZOMFG I LOVE IT. I’m a water hobbyist okay.

This place is not a place of great opportunities unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless unless you pay them a price. I’m not really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really /thankful to charge it because honestly, I’m kinda not! Just a slight exaggeration! – Not.

When we are outside the cave, I do the slide. I just slide from side to side, it’s awesome. I end up feeling like a brook.

Wow, there’s always a catch, ain’t it?

Yeah.

So one more thing.

SOMEONE, for example, has to accompany you when you get yourself inside our cave. However, there’s this one who assisted me into part of the underground part and I kinda helped myself because I thought it’s no harm and by the way, it’s fun too! You just take your time and slide without touching the one or two black spiders. Without my companion there, I’d had so much fun!

After that hour, I just go crazy and randomly do whatever the hell I wanna do.

I, for example, have found the inner MESSI inside me. I, for other example, shoot free kicks. I, for the other other other examples, find the freedom that I’ve always wanted. More specifically, the type of freedom where I will be holding a machine gun and tear my world by helping to increase my national debt by 1.

This, by the way, is the best. Oh.

So what, till now, I’ve spent an hour watching my favourite aegyo trainee in New Zealand trolled by a yellow chicken called Chris, only to see — CAN YOU BELIEVE IT — some nobody missing the golden chance to grab the power chair (the power chair in New Zealand, by the way, is missing one wheel, so beware since many tourists have fallen hard on the ground and are now suing the Kawerau Tour Guides for our poor humans life), missed it and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

So.

We, by the way, have found a new friend! Another human! Be careful since she has kidnapped the cats!

And the cats are still free.

By the way, THANK YOU GUIDE! FOR EVERYTHING! We, by the way, are having the most wonderful time of our lives.

Homestay in the hobbits’ land is a place so peaceful that it hurts me at the moment while writing a small manuscript instead of a formal article.

Damn you keyboard, I need to guess where that @ keys are!

Yes, this is art.

I love art. I’m an artist. And do you get it? Do you understand how massive the world is? How the whole entire universe is? It’s bigger than two dots. The world’s gaps won’t even compare to the space between the blacks and whites! It’s such a massive place that we are just a micro-world.

Therefore, mother Earth, why do you hate me? Why can’t I forgive myself from something as small as thinking I’m an alien?

Mommy, I’m an alien.

…And that I still have time to study for a formal exam.

Why do I even come to this stupid country? WHY. Oh I know. So I won’t miss what’s meant to be, that’s why. ♥

Before I leave, let’s get a photo together.

Till next time!

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