Day 2-Coromandel Adventures (Sat. 2/16) We headed south of Auckland on #1 and then east to the Coromandel Peninsula with no idea of what we might find. What we found was a 100 miles of some of the most beautiful landscapes we have ever seen. The Coromandel Peninsula is not really pushed in the travel propaganda. I think the Kiwis just decided to keep it to themselves. The drive from Thames to Coromandel up the west coast was just stunningly beautiful. Near Coromandel we ran into a bike rally and the hills were almost straight up. The bikes were having a hard time making it up the hills and our little rice burner barely made it. They were also having a motorcycle rally in Coromandel. There must have been 500 motorbikes in town. Evidently the narrow twisty roads have a third lane right down the center for motorcycles. They would blow by you on a 15K curve going 100K. Then there are the wonderful one lane bridges. This is a unique form of Kiwi gambling. Everyone just blows through these from either end with no regard to who has the right away.
Widowed in 2009 (wife Juanita Sutton-Collins). Two daughters, Kate Collins-Nunes and Colleen Collins. Granddaughter Elizabeth (Little-Bit) Nunes and son-in-law, Ron Nunes.
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