The aim today is to cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail to as close to Waihi as possible. Its not the first option as I was hoping to visit my very good friend Annie in Coromandel, but as I am late she will be away on a course. Still this way I get to ride a cycleway that I would have missed.
The signage to the rail trail is really great. The riding surface is fantastic. The crossings and bridges are safe and well constructed. The only problems are: there need to be a few more km signs, maybe some rest spots with shelter and seats or tables, and to create some more Interest, perhaps a few Interpretive signs, because lets face it, 33km in a straight line is not very exciting. l was very happy to reach Paeroa and get the obligatory
photo of the big L&P bottle.
From here the trail came unstuck. I couldn't find any signage pointing me to the cycleway going through the Karangahake Gorge. No problems. I stayed on the road, dodging Police Cars at sirens and massive trucks, hoping to find the trail. Got to a two layered bridge and stopped, but still no signs. Arrived at a carpark but still couldn't work out how to get on trail. So continued along the very busy narrow road, wondering how come I couldn't get onto that lovely looking track on the other side of the river. Never did get there. It looked great.... Oh well. The railway station at Waikino was a highlight.
Only a short climb into Waihi and a quick visit to the two iconic Waihi towers. Returning through the township I am stopped by Fritha the reporter for the Leader and happily sit in her warm office for an interview, out of the my cold wind. Then its down to David and Theas for the warm shower, wonderful company and interesting chat. Seems David taught at PNBHS when I was a pupil there.
The evening is spent at the local RSA with several other Lions Club members, and a wonderful meal. Thank you all for your hospitality and generosity.
And to the young lady who had seen me on TV, thank you as well for the kind donation to Prostate Cancer Foundation.