Bike parking at Lake Rotorua.
Which conveniently links onto the Braeburn track, the home of loose gravel and big skids, braaap!
The Maruia Saddle was next and it was the highlight of the trip so far. With creeks so clear they looked like glass, the ancient forest and sandy berms on each corner made for an awesome track.
Pat had a close call as he rounded a corner to see the reversing lights of a small 4WD occupying the track as it headed his direction. Luckily the Conti's came to the fore as he roosted through the leaf litter to the side of the road, leaving a couple of startled tourists in his wake.
We pulled up to discuss the trail and his narrow escape only to find a bit of Kiwi humour by the side of the track.
But wait theres more
We stayed at The Formerly Blackball Hilton for the night after reading about it in one of ClintNZ's ride reports (thanks Clint