Total time 2 hrs 17mins
After yesterdays hilly ride, we decided to take it easy and only cycle to Miranda Hot Springs. We started with more hills and after a screaming downhill top speed 45 kph we joined the Coast Road a flat road hugging the coastline. We did have a head wind, and our average speed has dropped from 25-30 kph (in Canada) to (15-19 kph). Partially due to the weight we are carrying and partially because we want this trip to be more relaxing than our usual riding. We are only by this way once. We actually stopped and smelled the roses today – not literally but we spotted a Maori Community Hall and stopped to take photos.
Awesome carvings at the entrance and a boat with a scary mast head.
We also spotted a giant Oyster catcher, not that you could miss it. I thought it was only in Canada that had giant road side “attractions”.
We arrived at Miranda before noon, a very short day of cycling, but we decided to stop anyway and take in the hot springs. We also met a single female cyclist, Kara, who is also cycling around New Zealand for 3 months – she was from Vancouver and also struggled on the hill yesterday. We will probably meet up with her again, although Kara is taking a rest day tomorrow in Thames. We are also only going to Thames tomorrow and then hit the hills again to Coromandel on Thursday.
I am a little concerned about the hills but Betty (MHBC) told me about muscle memory. Apparently if you have not trained for a while and then start training again your muscles remember. I thought about this as I was cycling today and I think mine have amnesia.