Bike Rides

Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Miles: 
16
Bike: 
Disc Trucker

Mark and Nedilka dropped me off in Colville and they continued on to Little Bay. My plan was to ride for 3 days around the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula and meet them in Little Bay. The road does not go through, so day 2 would include 5 Km of hiking trail.

It was well into the afternoon by the time I got riding, but I didn't have far to go. Altough I had bought some groceries earlier in the day, I could not pass the store in Colville without getting more, knowing it would be the last one I would see for 3 days. Like all of the roads on Coromandel there was a big hill leaving Colville, but not as steep as some. Soon the road turned to gravel and was very plesant the rest of the way, with little traffic. The campground at Fantail was nothing special but I had a nice meadow to myself. Since I was now on the west coast of the peninsula I was treated to a nice sunset over Hauraki Gulf. 

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Map of Coromandel
The northern tip of Coromandel. From Fletcher Bay to Stoney Bay is a hiking trail. The road does not go through.

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Nice ride by Hauraki Gulf
Nice ride by Hauraki Gulf

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Gravel road
Nice easy gravel road.

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Campsite
Campsite at Fantail campground, Department of Conservation.

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Sunset on Hauraki Gulf
This spot faces west across the Hauraki Gulf, so I was treated to a nice sunset.
Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017
Miles: 
28
Bike: 
Disc Trucker

Out and back on a lovely rail-to-trail. Smooth gravel following the  Karangahake Gorge. Lots of people out mostly on mountain bikes. Part of the trail was not on the rail bed and offered some nice swoops and turns. The country was very interesting. Sometimes it looked like Oregon, other times California, and then you come smack into a forest of tree ferns. 

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Hauraki Rail to Trail
Past the farmland and into the bush.

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Karangahake River
The river could have been in Oregon.

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Karangahake Tunnel
The tunnel was a 1.1 kilometer typical rail tunnel. Cool and dripping. This one was quite a bit narrower than others I've been through.

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Ferns
There was a narrow cut that was lush with ferns.

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Waihi train station
The old train station. There was still a tourist train running from here.

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Tree ferns
Tree ferns are amazing.
Date: 
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Miles: 
26
Bike: 
Disc Trucker

Another short ride after a morning of surfing. Another gorgeous day. Two more big hills. Bluff road turned to gravel but wasn't too steep. Then it was closed due to land slide, but I snuck through. Then down to the beach where we surfed yesterday and around to the beach where we surfed this morning. Then back out on the highway north trying to get to Wangapoa. Over a big hill, across a valley, then turned around short of my goal when I got to another hill. Two big hills on the way back to Mark's house. Had to stop in the shade for a breather on the second one. 

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Mayarangi
Matarangi

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Fishermen
Fisherman

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Road closed
It didn't say closed to bikes so I went through.
Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017
Miles: 
18
Bike: 
Disc Trucker

First short ride in New Zealand. Up over a steep bluff on Blackjack road. Part gravel, part paved. Warm and sunny. Looking forward to more.

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New Zealand
On the bluff on Blackjack road

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New Zealand
The whole coast is bays and inlets.

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New Zealand
Looking out over Otama Beach

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Otama Beach
Otama Beach
Date: 
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Miles: 
66
Bike: 
Soma Saga

And so goes January. Next stop New Zealand

Date: 
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Miles: 
30
Bike: 
Grando
Buddies: 
Tenners

Cold fog but a hardy group of riders showed up to wish me a Bon Voyage. Next week New Zealand. 

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Tenners on a foggy ride
On Fern road at the Community Center
Date: 
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Miles: 
23
Bike: 
Grando
Buddies: 
Paul R2

Rain, rain, and more rain. 3 people showed up for the ride, 1 went home, and 2 did a short ride in the rain.

Date: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Miles: 
26
Bike: 
Grando
Buddies: 
Nelson

Start at Bellfountain Park south on gravel to Alpine road then west to Wilson road. 

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Some snow
Some snow at the higher elevations

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Dawson mill
Old tipi burner at Dawson mill
Date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Miles: 
30
Bike: 
Grando
Buddies: 
John, Teddi

Cold kept most of the Tenners away. 25 at the start, but bright and sunny. Slight north wind proved to be very cold  on the way back. Cold, cold ride.

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Riding
Looks nice in the picture, but it was cold.
Date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Miles: 
34
Bike: 
Disc Trucker

After a week or more of snow, ice, and freezing rain, we finally got a sunny cold day. Took 99W to Airport west to Peterson to Ervin and over the ridge to Decker road and Hwy 34 back to Philomath.

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Mary's Peak
On Ervin Road looking at Mary's Peak

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Mary's Peak
Mary's Peak with a bit of snow on it.