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Day 10 Northland

One of the main reason I came North was to reach the top of NZ after being to the furthest South, East and West (sort of).

Rode from Paihia to Waipapakauri. Passed through Keri Keri (another touristy place) to have a quick look. I think Paihia is the better spot. C7,R7,T3,V7. Good sweeps on a really nice road. Little bit of ocean and some forest for views. Nice.

Made my way out to the Cape stopping for gas early in order to avoid the huge price at the top of NZ (I’m learning). The road was great and the first 30 km were full of amazing curves (not too tight). I got stuck behind a cop and 4 more cars ahead of him. They were all going under the speed limit so I passed them while keeping the limit. I was a bit concerned as I only had one mirror and may be stopped. Looking back in the other mirror I saw the cop lights go on and I thought, time to put on the accent. Turns out he pulled the front car over for going to slow, I love it! C8,R7,T3,V7/8.

Will I make it?

Had to battle about 10 km of awful, big and chunky gravel which sport bikes hate. I was about to turn around when I saw two sport bikes coming my way riding two up. I asked them what the story was with the road ahead and they said as kiwi’s do, “You’ll be right mate”. Shit my pants twice, once getting to the cape and once coming back, but I was right mate. Spent over an hour at the most Northern point of NZ, Cape Reinga. Lots of tourists, but also lots of space to do your own thing. Saw the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean come together and stared off into the great mass of sea north of me. Makes you feel just a little bit smaller than you already are.

Shot of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean coming together

Huffing and Puffing

The West side and the start of 90 mile beach.

Chilled bike

1.2 million dollar toilet facility.

Random stuff that my mother loves, a place to take a break on the side of the road. Why not? I would have gotten more photos, but this dog was charging towards me.

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