Didn't take long to reach Katikati and while there I was able to catch up with Ian and Linda and three of the kids, while Lucas was playing Soccer. Great to see them, as lately we have been missing each other like ships in the night.
So that left 25km to go, or was it 35km, no maybe 45km. The total distance today was meant to be 50km, but after an hour cycling I passed a sign saying 49km to Tauranga, and I knew the Mt w a
single at least 10km further...... Oh well, just get on with it. Before I knew it, I was on dual carriage way so smooth, I knew I was no where near Christchurch. A quick call to Leigh gave me directions, which included how to get over the harbour bridge. What he didn't say was that the lights don't respond to bikes, so twice I sat through three rotations before a car turned up to trigger my right turn arrow.
I was enjoying the ride, flat, smooth and with a tail wind, so much so that I got carried away, turned left when I should have gone straight, and ended up at the beach at the foot of the Mountain. Great opportunity for some photos. Do you recognize them Mr Abbot? Then it was a quick scoot along the beach to Eric and Shirley, for the shower and snack that are always so welcome.
A visit from a reporter from the Sun, and a very pleasant evening out at a Lions Club dinner completed the day. Thanks to all for your hospitality and support.
Today, for the second time ever, I saw a squashed frog on the road. What happened tonight? ABS beat the French. Come to me for predictions before you make your picks.