Sunday, June 8, 2008

Pink Toetoe on The Coromandel Loop

This is more on the ride around Coromandel I did at the end of May 2008 when I was officially "between jobs".

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As I told in the original post, the day was brilliant - clear and sunny, and the tide was in, which made for a beautiful ride up the Thames coast to Coromandel. I stopped at Tapu for some gas and an apple pie, but it was hard to stop the ride because every good turn seemed to deserve another, and this road has no end of great riding, whether swinging along the coast at water level, or climbing up into the ranges and down again. I did manage to tear myself away to take a couple of shots.

The Suzuki C90 at Tapu

Looking down towards Coromandel town from the top of the range.

When I got to Coromandel, I had to decide whether to go back along the Thames coast, or charge over the hill and run down through Whitianga and Tairua, and back over the Kopu-Hikuai [k-o-poo-hik-o-why] and home. As it happens... testosterone took over and after purchasing a lovely gift from a craft shop in Coromandel I took off. Not without first getting a call from Graeme Joy... considering that the phone was tucked into my luggage for most of the day, he managed to catch me - its not the first time either... how does he DO that? Must be the special sense he uses to catch up with people who spend their days on building sites.

The ride down the east coast is through farmland, with some stunning views of the sea thrown in. And as promised, pink Toetoe. I don't know why its pink, but some of the stands were completely pink and others a mixture of the usual white and a few pinks thrown in. Must be a condition of the plant - I have never seen it pink like that before.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pink = weedspray dye.