Lovely weather today, not too hot, and gentle breezes getting a little gusty in the afternoon. Not surprisingly, we had a good turnout for the ride, with 19 people on 18 bikes. Peter Wooller was volunteered as RIC, and he decided to take us to the Golden Cross mine near Waihi. He'd taken us there on 25 June, but the narrow twisty road up to the mine wasn't great in winter with pine needles and moss on the road and sunstrike even at 1 pm. It's now summer, so time to try it again.
We had a rest stop at Waitakaruru, and four riders decided there to leave us in favour of an early lunch.
In Karangahake Gorge, in the same place as last time, we found a lengthy queue for road works. Eventually the queue started moving, but before we reached the road works themselves it stopped again. We all made a U-turn and headed back to Paeroa for lunch. The cafe we intended to have lunch in was closed, but fortunately there's no shortage of places to eat in Paeroa.
After lunch, I headed off on my own to find Primrose Hill, a lookout point over the town that I haven't been to before.