Despite a forecast of heavy rain, Sunday dawned fine but cloudy. Karen and I arrived at Silo Park (the old Tank farm) just after 8:30am for breakfast, meeting John who'd arrived a little earlier.
short walk alongside the nearby cafes and restaurants, Karen chose Jack
Tars and we ordered breakfast. When it arrived, it was huge - I was
defeated and could only manage about two-thirds of the total plated
Still with some time to kill before the 10:30
departure, we were joined by Steve and ambled along the waterfront, then
decided to grab a ride on the tram circuit. This
was the last day before the lines were being ripped up to be re-laid
after the road has been lowered (don't ask me, it's all part of Auckland
Council's loony grand plan).
At the end of the tram loop, we
arrived to the greetings of the rest of our cohorts for the day, Bud
& Thelma, Paul & Delia, and Brian & Bev. Instructions were
given out for those who wanted to go on ahead and we departed Silo Park
and headed across the Harbour Bridge to the Albany Bus Station where we
picked up Martin & Monique.
From here we toured through Dairy
Flat, then out to John's old stomping ground of Waitoki (where Ngaire
joined us) and out the back roads to Wainui and over the hill into
Puhoi. The last portion across Krippner road was true back country with
many large water-filled pot-holes, but at least the damp conditions did
mean there was little dust.
After a regroup (and congratulations
or otherwise on road choice), we drove on and lunched at the Puhoi
Valley Cheese Factory cafe. Being
that breakfast was so large, Karen and I required not much. Paul
however ordered the Ploughman's Platter, a large board with all manner
of meats, crackers and cheese. It looked delicious and as there was none
left, I guess it must have been.
From here we each made our way
home, with some of us stopping in at the second-hand store in Puhoi to
see if there were any bargains to be nabbed.