We departed our beautiful butterfly batch where we had made home for a couple of days to shelter from the much hyped storm (Cyclone Pam).




We ventured a km or two into the town of Thames to scout out some late breakfast. This partnered with a trip to the library’s for some free WiFi successfully scuppered our plans for any sort of reasonable start, leaving as we did at 2.30pm, whoops.

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We decided to head for a DOC site around 50km away called Broken Hills. We started the ride on the Hauraki rail trail ‘again’, but fortunately this was the part we haven’t done before (click here to see how we got on riding the rest of the trail earlier in our tour) and kept us off the main road out of town.
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When we turned east to start crossing the Coromandel Range the road took a turn for the better. There was a good size shoulder with smooth Tarmac and minimal cars plus the scenery was awesome.
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The majority of the day was rolling hills, which are definitely my [Alex] preference, and with one monster in the middle we had our challenge for the day.
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The reward on the other side will be memorable since we both hit our top speeds of the tour so far at over 70km per hour and Andy topped it at 75+km! Who says touring bikes are slow?!
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When we turned off to the campsite we were expecting 6km of gravel.
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Luckily the gravel was compact and in small pieces, resulting in a very enjoyable, comfortable and save for the crunch of stones under our tiers quiet end to the day.
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The campsite is lovely and tucked away with plentiful walks.
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Although it might be a little pricey at $10 each for composting toilets and no drinking water!! We digged into some leftovers and ants in boats (banana boats with raisins) for dinner, delicious!!