Another rather easy and pleasant day. Short too, only cycled about 78 km mostly through pastoral countryside, rolling hills. The kind of hills that are fun- not too difficult to climb then zoom down at top speed and whiz halfway up the next hill before having to pedal the rest of the way up!
We had to get past "The Gorge" an extremely narrow gap of highway through the mountains, no shoulder, cliff on one side, drop off on the other, very unsafe for cyclists. The Gorge is the only opening between the Kamai hills and the steep terrain of the Coromandel. To safely pass the Gorge we had to cross the highway using a footbridge, walk our bikes through a 1.1 km tunnel ( an old train tunnel) and then cycle down a stonedust pathway for about 5 km all the way to Owharoa Falls and then rode another 15 km along quiet country road to our lodging for the night at Waihi. The tunnel was fun, although it was dark I think we could have ridden our bikes through it rather than walked but Eric was being cautious as he didn't think the lighting was good enough to ride.
There isn't much else to say about today - pleasant, beautiful scenery, even group dynamics seemed to be more relaxed. See posted photos.
We have to cook dinner tomorrow, please send ideas and recipes!