Beautiful Waiheke 11 February, 2011
A Friday ride on a very hot day enjoying Waiheke's beautiful scenery.
On the ferry on the way to the stop at Devonport.
Coffee at The Beachfront Café.
Mack is getting some shots of Waiheke's Beauties.
The western end of Onetangi Beach.
The eastern end of Onetangi Beach.
The library in the centre of Onetangi Beach.
Too soon we had to
go hill climbing.
David R gave us the joyous news here, as we caught our breath, that it was about 32°.
And we had more climbing in front of us.
Another hilltop stop, this time looking down on Owhiti Bay.
We had lunch at Man o' War Bay, where the water was sooooo inviting.
Sooooo inviting....and some just had to have a swim.
We climbed out of
Man o' War Bay - and then had more climbing.
See the rider near the top of the hill?
The view from the top made it all worthwhile, as this panoramic shot shows.
Man o' War Bay
Omaru Bay, with Ponui in the background and the Hunua Ranges way back.
As the last four
of us (these 4, like everyone else, missed the 4:00pm ferry. But they missed the
4:45 one as well!!)
were arriving in Auckland Sun Princess was going astern from Queen's Wharf.
As a contrast, car carriers must be the ugliest vessels afloat.
And, as the sun sinks slowly in the West, we say, "Farewell" to beeeootiful Ockland.
Ride leader David W, on his ride report said there was 17km of gravel,
1100 metres of climbing,
32° in the sun and no wind.
Here's the Bikely Elevation Graph to prove the climbing. (Not sure how it gets -3m.)
If you want to look at the map for the ride, click on the graph.
The time in Auckland, New Zealand is
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