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... cycling) and drove to find a spot where the rest of us could be let out. Off we all set and it wasn't too long before they caught us!
Then it was up and down along a fairly busy road to Kerikeri for lunch. The heavens opened as we got there and the unilateral desicion was made to pack the bikes away for the day.
It was good to be back in Keriketi, we had spent 5 nights here back ...
... on the boat could experience my incredible sailing skills. I volunteered to have a go so headed to the back. Everyone made way for me as I swayed from side to side to get there. The skipper said its easy like driving a car (because it was a wheel instead of a rudder) my reply was well I'm not that great at driving. They all made jokes about how I'd drown them all but I said not to fear as I'm a lifeguard! The man next to me was a bit on edge as I'd make ...
... so I reached outside the tent, pulled the bag inside, got out what I wanted and just as I was picking up the bag to move it aside I noticed this dirty great stick insect sitting right across the front of it! I just screamed and jumped back, then the others spotted it and we all kind of ran to the furthest corners of the tent to get away from it! Eventually Chris chucked it outside so we could continue playing cards for a bit longer before retiring to ...
... So we limp back to Paihia under engine power and a welcome hot shower.
We are very well taken care of by our lady hosts, a former City lawyer and senior civil servant who have given up their day jobs to run a lodge in Russell. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for them, whether it is cooking breakfast, giving directions, booking a restaurant for evening meal and even charging my toothbrush!
... for Chris to choose! He did end up with a New Zealand rum in the end... and was quite happy with it, particularly given New Zealand's lack of fame in the rum making department.
It had been quite a day, so we decided to head back to our room and brave the "seafood special" from the local Chinese restaurant to cap off our eating adventures in the area. This was certainly fusion cooking, and the seafood was all very fresh!