|Journal for 29-Mar-2004 : Kawakawa Bay|
Paeroa was once a major sea port town. I found this hard to believe as it is 40km inland, but sure enough on the way out of town we passed some ocean going boats (not too big) moored up in a creek. It must be said it looked like these boats hadn't seen the ocean for quite some time, but ocean going boats none the less.
It turns out most of this country on the Hauraki Plains sits below the high tide mark and has been reclaimed by a complicated system of sea walls, levies and pumps. We spent much of the morning flying along flat roads on, and on occasions below the high water mark. Lots of goats tied up by (and at times on)the road to keep the grass shoulders under control.
More flat riding through Ngatea, Waitakaruru (why tack a ruru? I've no idea), Miranda to a short 3 hour break by the bay at Kaiaua.
Fantastic riding along the East Coast Rd by the Firth of Themes. Surface as rough as guts though. After a few false starts the hill to Kawakawa Bay started. Nothing dramatic, but the descent rather tricky as the road was covered in fine gravel not unlike cycling on a thousand marbles.
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