Te Wera to Urenui 15 November, 2010
Purangi we did not have far to go before we were back on sealed roads
A little climb through the trees not long after leaving Purangi.
Yeee Haaa!! The gravel has finished. Well, until tomorrow, anyway.
absolutely fascinated the photographers, with just about all of them stopping to capture
majesty many times. So there is no apology for displaying many pictures of this magnificent mountain.
Bikes need rest too!!
Lunchtime at the McKee oil field.
This is, or may be, Shrek.
Photos: Lyn or Neale
Here's a little
story about Shrek. He was sort of self trapped on the McKee Viewing Area,
that's behind the camera in the shot below, and at top of the path above. In the top photo he was not actually looking at the information board. But he was running up and down the path leading to the viewing area. When some of our party wanted to go to the top Shrek's running to and fro became even more panicky. The intruders got as far as the bend in the path in the photo below - they were not game to go further. It was stalemate! But Shrek was obviously distressed.
Time for someone
to come to the rescue, so Mack steps forward. In the photo below, just past
where the path disappears
at the bottom, there was a gate - rather rickety, admittedly - giving access to the little bit of luscious grass by the shed.
Mack figures that if Shrek can get past the intruders he will come down the path and be gently drafted on to the grass.
So he holds the gate open and tells everyone to get out of the way and let Shrek through. Shrek takes the hint and goes
barrelling past the intruders, doing those sheep jumps that you see from time to time, and then starts heading at full
speed down the path towards the intrepid, but now slightly worried, Mack. It is obvious that Shrek has not read the
script. Just before he reaches the gate he launches himself in to the air, pretending to be a steeplechaser at Ellerslie,
and his legs hit the gate, smashing it and tearing what's left of it off the hinges.
Shrek disappears out on to the road. Fortunately there was no traffic coming. Steve and Neale go to the rescue and manage to get Shrek herded on to someone's front lawn.
All's well that ends well.
One last peek at Mount Taranaki, while Selwyn considers something else.
Photo: Lyn or Neale
Photo: Lyn or Neale
After dinner there
were stories to be told and Mack received the day's gold medal for his
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