Monday, October 28, 2013

Hauraki Rail Trail 02

The second installment of our cycling adventures on the Hauraki Rail Trail - this time heading from Paeroa towards Thames.

Paeroa to Matatoki

It was the Saturday or Labour Weekend, and the weather was clear and warm, so we decided to do more of the Hauraki Rail Trail, this time heading in the other direction - towards Thames. We decided we would go as far as Kopu and back, which would be about 66km round-trip. In the end we stopped at Matatoki and decided that we would forgo the extra distance, and get home at a reasonable hour.

This is about 12km from Paeroa where someone has put two chairs under the shade of some trees. An excellent place to stop for our lunch-break.

We continued on to Matatoki where there is an excellent cafe. We decided to turn back from there and so the whole trip was 40kms - at an average on the trail of 14km/hr. It was easy - just a bit more endurance required from the week before.

Slowly building up for some longer trips. The cyclo-cross tyres are working out well on the gravel surface - but the lack of suspension in the bikes design makes the ride a bit more of an effort - comfort-wise.


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