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North Island Roadie, Foxton Beach

We saved the best till last!

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Tuesday 25th May
16degrees
Sunny and biting cold winds
heading south to Foxton Beach

Farewelled our neighbour this morning and drove towards Foxton Beach. We drove through beautiful farming country.

We called into Dudding Lake but the wind was so cutting it was unpleasant and we moevd on quickly. We did have sunshine however and that makes a difference on how you perceive things. Drove through Bulls and the Ohakea Base. Passed half a dozen tanks being driven along the road-feels somewhat surreal to see them.

Foxton has had a few surprises for us. The first is the Windmill Cafe with its well stocked shelves of dutch treats.
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Obviously I bought too many and I intended to keep the almond paste biscuits to share with Henrietta but the packet has already been opened! Then we visited the I-Site for information and there is a board with the names of dutch people who have contributed to the dutch community and ancestry links database housed there. I recognised a couple of names from the past. Feeling quite connected to this place already.

Out to the Foxton Beach Top 10 Camp. It is nice and we will be able have long showers in the morning before we get to Wellington and friends that we are visiitng. Sal is very tired from the driving so we had a catnap in the sun then walked to the beach. I think our trip will be close to 3500km.

The weather has not played ball with us. I have not brought enough warm clothes. I assumed that it was warmer in the North Island. Driving south today there was a huge bank of very nasty clouds at the southeast. We are told that Coromandel is having dreadful storms and that there is damage to the beaches. One of the women at the camp last night was telling Sal what a nasty ferry crossing she had that day, so I hope it has subsided by Saturday.

Our walk along the river to the beach was just beautiful. It is almost as if we left the best till last. Endless sand, lovely sea, hardly another soul-really gorgeous. We were reminded of Mapua with the swift flowing tidal river, the forestry on the bank at Rabbit Island - just no ferry or swanky eateries on the banks.
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Sal got cabin fever so took her bike off and went exploring with Maddie Dog. They found a great mountainbike track which went through the forest, and of course came back via the endless beach, soft landing as she fell off into the sand!
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On our return it is so enjoyable to be sitting outside in the sun and relaxing. Small pleasures, but it has been a long time since we’ve been able to enjoy being outside.

Posted by Sallyj66 20:35 Archived in New Zealand

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