Portmans Motor Lodge
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... fun, but alas, not this time around!
After taking the short hike and taking in the views of Ohope's beautiful beaches, we headed off to Hick's Bay. We must have managed to happen upon a group of people taking their old cars out for a scenic drive because when we arrived at our hotel, we were surrounded by classic cars.
The roads going through the countryside and along the water's edge are windy. It's like driving on the mountain roads ...
... the strawberry patch (tasty ice cream and strawberries) and the figgery. Hawkes bay is great for cyclist with lots of cycle paths and most of the area is quite flat making it easy going. We also hiked up Te Mata peak, a local lookout point where you can get views across the whole of Hawkes bay: that was a tough hike, especially in a hot day!
Whilst staying at the farm, I also met some of their neighbours including Tony ...
1 tablespoon of good company
1.5lbs of great scenery
A teaspoon of good weather
Plenty of good music
Thoroughly mix the good company, great scenery and good weather in a bowl and constantly add good music whilst cooking at 30c for four hours.
Being camped next to a river with it's constant babbling of water hadn't kept us awake. Being parked at an uneven angle such that Kirsty was higher up than me, made it slightly harder, Kirsty often ...
... was really windy and that only made it worse. At some point during the night, Anja thought she heard footsteps and somebody knocking on the window. This woke her up but she thought it was her imagination playing tricks on her. In the morning, on the window there was a mysterious looking mark that wasn’t there before. This could have scared us, but when we put on our glasses we found the cause – there were 6 horses chilling on the field just in front ...
... plus a few cups of tea a day, and two hots and a cot, to be happy.
Since my 2nd marriage ended 6 years ago, I have experimented with taking small solo 3 or 4 day trips away to towns around the North Island. I even went over solo to my brother Pete's 60th birthday for 10 days to Airlie Beach in North Queensland. For the last 21/2 years I also did some long-weekend traveling with my really good friend Leone. This culminated in 10 ...