Hawera to Stratford 22 November, 2010
Last day of the
tour, with a 67 km ride over back roads to return us to Stratford.
Some folk had already departed - they felt a strong urge to get back to Jaffaland -
and others took a direct route to Stratford today, so they could drive home later in the day.
Or so they could complete the trio of mountain roads and ride up to East Egmont.
If they went to The Plateau they would have reached 1,172 masl.
Packing up for the last time on this tour.
Photo: Lyn or Neale
There was a farewell Committee.
Heading towards Eltham along Rotokare Road.
Don't say this was the Café with no coffee. That would inflame any self-respecting cyclist.
The Mangamingi Saddle on Rawhitiroa Road.
Selwyn and Ted decided to go cache hunting at the Rotokare Reserve.
The double gates were designed to keep pests out of the reserve, as is
the 8.4 km long $1,900,000 perimeter fence.
Ted has found his last cache.
Lake Rotokare Reserve.
JB and Ted had had their differences on the tour, but they made up on the last night.
Ted had a celebratory glass of a fine, dry, red.
Caroll found one last rhodo....
....and Selwyn had a final look at Taranaki.
Many thanks to Caroll, Colin, Lyn and Neale, Mack, Margaret, Maurice and
Selwyn for sharing their photos with
us all. We hope you enjoy them and that they bring back pleasant memories of a really great ACTA Tour.
Many thanks also to Annette for her organisation of accommodation and meals : well rested and well fed cyclists
are bound to be happy cyclists.
Thanks also to Don & Margaret and Lyn & Neale for the use
of their vans and to Neale for his going out of his
way to transport the wounded and the infirm.
And, finally, special thanks to all who took part in this tour for being
such a great bunch to tour with.
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