1) Martin and Peter on the coast road
2) Martin's Bike and ferns
3) New Zealand sheep on pass
Tuesday 18th January
The first few hours of Tuesday there was drizzle and showery rain and as we had a very short mileage day we repaired to an internet cafe for some surfing followed by a short walk to a cafe for elevenses.
The skies soon cleared to bring another sunny day with temperature about 23C. The route from Thames to Coromandel was very scenic with the road running next to a turquoise blue sea to our left and the rolling
green hills of the Coromandel range to our right.
We stopped for lunch at some tea rooms in Tapu on the coast. In the afternoon there were two moderate climbs, one to 741ft and the other up to 550ft. Although Peter walked up these hills Martin and I didn't find it a problem only having to wait 15 to 20 minutes and with more time to admire the views. On arrival at the motel in Coromandel we made use of the Spa Bath to relax.
33.5 miles for the day and 1538 feet of climbing. Average speed 10.5.