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Re: Africa Twins in Action
« Reply #90 on: October 30, 2018, 23:55:17 »
The day was cold, the southerly storm the day before left a trail of snow on the ranges, unusual for this time of year (mid October)My riding buddy, Dan. We've known each other since our university days, about 40 years ago!
Along the way we stopped off to look at some waterfalls. I had previous ridden this route a few times but never bothered to do the short detour to look at this.









We arrived at my sister's place in Gisborne where we stayed for the night. It was a cold frosty morning the following day setting up the bikes to leave




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Re: Africa Twins in Action
« Reply #91 on: October 31, 2018, 00:05:25 »
The next day we rode from Gisborne to Kawerua around the East Cape, our main target for the trip. The East Cape of NZ is one of our iconic rides, if any of you ever manage to come to NZ, you should try and ride this route
See this link - https://goo.gl/maps/Pnyx8QWETZk

With a clear night the day started out cool but cloudless. We had lots of views like this


Tologa Bay was our first stop. I had never walked the length of this old wharf before, an iconic piece of NZ history (no long used but remains as a tourist attraction)





Not long before our trip there had been a huge winter storm in the region. The area is well known for its pine forest plantations and logging. The storm was a lot of forest detritus left over from logging down the rivers and these ended up on the local beaches. There is now a lot of effort going into removing the rubbish


It is a long walk out and back



More views



Nice cafes on the way (named after the road number, route 35)



Eventually we got to near the most eastern point of NZ






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Re: Africa Twins in Action
« Reply #92 on: October 31, 2018, 00:11:29 »
I needed to take a rest and broke out my camp chair


In this remote part of the country horses roam free to graze



 
Having reached the most eastern point we turn our bikes north headed up the coast.

This white church is in the middle of no where and stands all alone, a stark silhouette against the rugged coast line


Every time I ride past it I stop and take a picture of my bike in front of the gate. This is now the fourth different bike picture in front of this church


Further up the coast, it is 380 km of twisty roads


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Re: Africa Twins in Action
« Reply #93 on: October 31, 2018, 00:18:52 »
We finally reach my brother's place in Kawerua (nice having family spread around the Island, they are always happy to see me and the accommodation is cheap  ;D )
My brother is a keen biker himself and in the morning he cooks us up a storm on the bar b q.





His bike shed


Dan is not feeling well, so he heads home via the direct route. I stop at a nice cafe for a late lunch then head home via an indirect route through the middle of the North Island. I didn't stop to take many pictures I was having fun carving up the twisty roads I found







And to finish off, a couple more pics of the East Coast








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Re: Africa Twins in Action
« Reply #94 on: October 31, 2018, 00:32:22 »
 VCIF_ThumbUp great ! Thank you very much David  VCIF_ok nice to discover your part of world  VCIF_salut
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Re: Africa Twins in Action
« Reply #95 on: October 31, 2018, 16:57:41 »
Beautiful!  VCIF_ThumbUp
Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Africa Twins in Action
« Reply #96 on: November 02, 2018, 12:27:25 »
Nice that you keep our colors up down there :)
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« Reply #97 on: November 05, 2018, 02:59:04 »
Nice that you keep our colors up down there :)
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Re: Africa Twins in Action
« Reply #98 on: November 05, 2018, 18:41:35 »
EE can be an enigma for some of them down under ...  ???
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