Monday, 30 December 2013

30th December 2013 Rotorua Rain

How to get wet in one easy lesson! Go out for a ride when the rain has passed over and it looks like being a nice afternoon, that's how. A chap in a local cycle shop told me this morning how to get to the mountain bike trails in the Redwoods, a local forest. It seemed straight forward enough so set off, after lunch when some showers had gone over.  

The Fairground

This travelling fair was in the Lakeside Park in Rotorua. This is an annual visit to the town at Christmas time and normally stays until the start of the New Year. Not much chance of them getting my custom.

Maori Warrior

This fearsome chap was outside one of the hotels on Fenton Street, one of the main streets in Rotorua. A plaque on the statue states, "This figure of a challenging Maori warrior symbolises the courage of their race. Traditionally, when visitors arrived at a marae (meeting house) they were challenged by the bravest warrior to test whether they came in peace or in war."
I come in Peace !

Lest we forget

This memorial gate is at the entrance to a geothermal attraction, in Rotorua, called Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. It is a roll of honour for local Maoris who lost there lives in various conflicts. The inscription above the gate, Kia Mau Mahara means Lest We Forget.

Mountain Bike Trail Cafe

Found the mountain bike trail head, just off Highway 30 on the Waipa Mill Road. The trails here cater for all levels, from beginners to the ultra extreme. When I arrived, later in the afternoon, it was a hive of activity with bikers arriving back, covered in mud and grinning from ear to ear. Bikes and ancillary equipment can be hired here so if you are interested…..  The snack bar does a nice variety of cakes and of course, an English Breakfast tea.

Headed back to base, with the intention of picking up the trail that leads back to the main town. Failed, and got caught in the rain, well not rain, a downpour. Returned fully soaked, like a drowned rat. (But grinning from ear to ear. After all, skin is waterproof.) Not sure of the mileage today, but it must have been at least 10.

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