Sunday, January 31, 2010

Te Atatu to St Heliers, then Devonport and back

We had about the best adventure yet on our bikes yesterday. Took most of the day - 12 hours - and set off at 8.45 toward the city, just following our noses with a thermos, sandwiches, blankets and togs.
High tide mark still showing on the North Western motorway cyclepath.
Took the customary photo on the Waterview bridge.
Got in to lower Parnell and discovered the cafe at the Fabric shop.
Great coffee!
By the time we arrived at Okahu Bay we were ready for a swim even if the tide was half out.
My trusty steed was holding up fine.
Headed around to Kohimarama and St Heliers.
I spotted some friends at Kohimarama beach and stayed for another swim with these two went on to St Heliers. Then we cycled to the Viaduct and caught the ferry across to Devonport.

Great day for it too. A stiff breeze at times but it cooled things down. This is Helen and Nicola at the pier at Devonport before we did a bit of a cycle further into the suburbs.
Skytower behind Nicola.
Came back for a coffee/chai/tea at a cafe in Devonport.
Nicola headed off up North to Greenhithe and Helen and I went back on the ferry and up Queen St (in togs and with salty hair). We found a nice man in the booth at the carpark below the Town Hall, who secured our bikes in an area near his booth, and we went up and had a roast dinner at the Food Hall before going to see 'It's Complicated'.
Came out in the pink light of evening and set off toward the sunset and Te Atatu. This time we followed the road down through Grey Lynn and caught up with the cyclepath at St Lukes.
Got home after 50kms and 12 hours, having had a glorious day.


  1. Wow - well done you lot! That's quite a distance. Was the film good? I quite fancy that one myself.

  2. Ooo, thanks! Great adventure and nice to be able to throw oneself into the sea a couple of times on the journey. The film was a bit of light but pleasant entertainment, perfect for some tired bodies needing to sit for a while.


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