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Day July 10, 2014

NZ – Tauranga to Whangarei

It’s probably worth mentioning now that it’s been raining hard, most of the time. The photos have been mostly sunny. We haven’t been riding in the rain much. We only had 24 destination towns in NZ, which meant we rode less than 1/2 of the time. A record low.

The day’s route, Tauranga to Orewa
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An uneventful ride up and through Auckland
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Cold and wet
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In fact north NZ has had the worst rain and storms in 20 years. We’ve been told most of the roads are closed
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The next day’s attempt, which includes a reversal to Whangarei
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The further north we got, the more the landscape was under water
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It was like a JG Ballard book
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Some of the locals were enjoying themselves, waving as they passed me taking photos
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Coming back for a second wave
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The water here is flooding hard from right to left, as you can see at the overflow
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Houses underwater
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And cattle marooned and in distress
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It was quiet
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The occasional local, but not many. No idea where everyone was
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Back on the highway, they’re saying it’s all closed
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A news crew is out and we chat. They have good information. They say that the roads through the centre are flooded badly, and may not be possible on a moto, and the roads on the coast have been washed out but should be possible, or even repaired soon.
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Closed for cars
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A few more locals, loving the drama
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This was no problem, but the water was running very fast
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This was more committing
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Back through flooding
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Then to a stopper. At least 2 feet deep and flowing like a fast river for a couple of hundred yards. It looked not so bad until I started walking it, and stopped to laugh after only 50 feet or so
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The police had cordoned off the other road, so I had to reverse back for an hour or two and think about another way. A fun day, not so much for the residents
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