Another lovely ride today. It felt good to be on the bike again, especially now
that it's running smoothly. It was a short ride today, about 73 km, over rolling countryside, rich and green. The area we rode through is not far from
Matamata where Hobbiton was filmed. I did not have a chance to go to the actual set itself to see those those cute little Hobbit houses but the terrain
we rode through today was enough to satisfy my imagination about Hobbits etc.
We arrived very early in the afternoon with lots of time for a swim in the pool and a soak in the hot springs. New Zealand seems to abound with hot springs! All that volcanic action I guess.
Our little group seemed to be more
subdued today possibly all of us missing the two who left us this morning. We seem to be a very small group now and we all stayed close together for a very pleasant ride.