Hole in One - Almost

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Taupo Top 10 Holiday Park

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Confusion surrounding the opening time of the highway café we were camping next to left us boiling up some porridge and coffee as the rain came in. Camp cooking is always fun but when the fuel ran out half way through boiling the coffee and then the lighter got wet in the rain so I couldn't relight the stove, I did show signs of a morning strop.

A lovely lady arrived in her car and out jumped a beautiful black lab.  We had a good cuddle (with the dog, not the lady) and a good chat (with the lady, not the dog).  She was lovely, Nic Nation was her name and she even invited us to stay with her for the night.

We climbed the first hill of the day, no chance to ease ourselves in after the exertions of yesterday.  It was raining for most of the first 10 miles and the ride continued to be pretty hard work. The huge logging lorries roared past, they are certainly more considerate than their Asian equivalents.

We hit a plateau after 10 miles and the rest of the day was much more enjoyable. The last 10 miles into Taupo even seemed to be downhill which was so welcome as the legs and back muscles are burning.  The sun came out and the lake looked good.  The area is famed for its thermal waters and as we pedalled around the shoreline we saw steam rising from little pools on the water’s edge.  A quick test confirmed the water was very bath like.

In Taupo we settled with coffee and cake before taking on the Taupo Golf Challenge.  A golf flag mounted on a platoon out on the lake offered £5000 for a hole in one.  I could not resist and splashed out on a bucket of balls.  The hole was 180 yards away, my first shot hit the platoon only inches from the flag.  We all jumped thinking it was in.  20 balls later I had hit the platform a few more times but still not holed one.  If you are waiting for this story to lead to us winning £5000 I will tell you now, it did not happen.

We cycled off to the campsite which was annoyingly at the top of a hill but still arrived early enough to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun.  A much more straight forward day on the bike and a chance to take it easy again!

Miles Cycled:  44 and they were much easier than yesterday
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Graeme on

Hi travellers
Glad you made it to taupo ok. I think I mentioned the first day was a bit hilly! It is sometimes hard to remember that hills are your friends! It was fantastic to catch up with you both - you are such an inspiration we really admire your determination to keep going when things get difficult - and you have plenty of such occasions. Our friends struggle to imagine what cycling around the world means but after having a small taste we certainly do. Have just had a dinner meeting with some mates to finalize a 10 day bike tour at the end of august so we still have some cycling to look forward to.
Robyn sends her love and best wishes also
Safe traveling

sandra rackham on

I think my friends brother lives near that lake He used to do boat trips on it Hope you have some easy riding Love to you both Sandra x x x x

triciagick on

What happened to Wenesday? It's Wed night (10.30) and you said you were having Thursday off! Tons of love from confused of Boshamxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Alan on

North Island seems the hardest cycliing ever. Back at home life was strange - an 0700 meeting was cancelled by the axle on the RIB trailer breaking off - Dan's car transporter to the rescue and the the whole lot I drove off to Swanwhich were all is being repaired. 1600 and a call from the police and little green car is back at home - obviously whoever "borrowed" it was slightly short sighted as they pinched both my pescription normal and sun glasses. They did however leave the tank half full and didnt use my Chichester parking vouchers - thinking about it perhaps this wouldn't really be a problem they needed to be concerned about.
Looking forward to more info on NZ, I just imagine the agro of all that biking !

Jojo on

The car saga is too funny for words - the cheek of the little blighters driving round Hambrook and Southbourne as bold as brass - what does it say about the local Plod though? Where is the next port of call - Notth Island doesn't look nearly as big as the South but good to know the natives are friendly. CJB turned 69 yesterday so I go him a air rifle to scare off the pigeons so we were all having great fun with target practice. The big party here this w/e for the E and hope you don't mind we have borrowed your wedding bunting to decorate garden and conservatory.

CJB or 'Volvos' as he is know reckons you might go a bit faster Mikey if you trimed you splendid head of hair! He said it not me.

All love Jojo

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