Thursday, 9 October 2014

05/10/14 Paihia to Mangonui


05/10/2014 Paihia to Mangonui

Finally we were off on our bikes. We were both keen to get going and blissfully ignorant of the journey ahead. Seasoned travellers as we now considered ourselves to be we thought we could handle the rolling hills with a minimum of effort. How wrong we were. I guess a nine month break from cycling with heavy bikes and luggage doesn't really keep you in shape and there was a fine headwind too. Still the roads were quiet and the scenery pretty. We spotted our first flightless birds for which NZ is so famous and unfortunately a very colourful parrot dead on the road. We were fairly shattered when we rolled into picture postcard scenic Mangonui. Some very helpful local ladies were happy to direct us to a cheaper motel in town even though they had rooms to let themselves. They also advised us to eat in the alternative 'fish and chips' shop. According to them much better and significantly cheaper then the 'world famous' alternative. It turned out to be a winner. Wonderful choice of fish and even battered mussels, squid or scallops on the menue. All in all a good day.
I like the recycled microwave postbox!

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