Day 204, Tuesday 13 March 2018

Day 2 of the Northern Odyssey. We had pleasant weather and mostly empty roads as we rode from Dargaville through the Waipoua Forest and the Hokianga to end at Kaitaia. The roads north of the Hokianga are pretty munted, but that just adds to the interest.

When I bought petrol in Kaitaia, I was asked to remove my helmet for the first time in my motorcycling career. All petrol stations have signs prohibiting the wearing of helmets but none have enforced this previously. Police presence is strong. This seems to be a town in pain. On the other hand, one of my companions inadvertently left his keys in his bike when we visited the local supermarket today, and nothing untoward happened. Dial down the paranoia!

Distance travelled: 207 km. Total distance so far: 27,005 km

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