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Published: November 13th 2018
Woken by eager individuals getting in an early swim. It’s all well and good have the spot next to the pool if you swim, but it opens a 6am and codes at 10pm and has a spring on the fare which means it slams shut very noisily everyone someone goes through the gate.
Finally feel alert enough to stumble to the kitchen to make tea.
Sat dozing in my chair until I was awake enough to consider breakfast. Cereal that'll do. Time check 8.20 I need to be out by 10, time for more tea. I might wake up after he second cup.
Around 9, started to feel alert enough to consider sorting myself out for the day. Look at a few maps and brochures a decide to head towards Coromandel Peninsula.
The road was flat until Thames, but we’re on the roller coaster again on the way to Coromandel. The scenario is stunning if not scary. On one side of me vertical cliffs where the road has been cut into the rock on the other side a sheer drop, either into the sea or the forest. Safety rails are for wimps, believe it or not the speed limit is a 100km. I think is a kind of natural selection policy by the New Zealand government; if you are stupid enough to drive at 100kph on this road then we don't need you in the gene pool.
I drive through a couple of beachside villages a find caffeine is calling me. I park up at a beachside car park and cross the road for a large flat white to take away, I was tempted by cake as well but found myself financially embarrassed, a bloody pound coin mistaken for a dollar meant I could only afford coffee. Probably not a bad thing. I head back over the road, set up my chair, put my feet up, sip coffee, read my book and write my blog. Finally get round to paying the toll fees.
I while away a couple of hours and decide I am peckish; I rummage around in the van and come up with couscous, peas, grated cheese and carrot, toasted seeds and fresh basil. Pretty damn good even if I do say so myself.
Continue my journey to Coromandel along the roller coaster. Get to town and park up and find a cash machine . I drop in on the information centre to find a walk to do, the lady pointed out a couple and was me a campground, decided I would stay there tonight.
I had a wander around the shops and bought a few bits, including a glass Kiwi; which was obviously an essential item.
It’s getting late bought chips and buyer, set my chair up in the shade of a tree, read a bit more of my book then headed to the campsite.
The campsite is right on the beach, I make tea and sit and listen to the waves lapping on the shore, watching dogs playing ball with their owners and generally day dreaming for an hour or so. Decide to do the walk nearby, put my boots on and off I go.
A much gentler walk than my last one, took about 40 minutes in total.
Time for more tea and bread and jam. Read a little more of my book and the night starts drawing in, so I sort my bed out and climb in.
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