We visited the Sunday market on Napier’s marine parade and Noel found a book on Hawke’s Bay with a 1975 picture of him sailing!

Having arranged to cycle the Timber Trail over 2 days in early January we thought we should do some training! (It turned out our cycle ride was 27 miles / 43km.)

We mainly used the cycle trails which are around Napier so that there wasn’t too much road cycling.

To start with though, we cycled down then up and over Bluff Hill to get some hill practice in.

We stopped off at The Old Church in Meeanee which is a lovely place for a meal or drink. Nope, that’s not pronounced Meany – it’s me-arn-ee. As an aside, the place name ‘Onehunga’ always makes me laugh even though it’s pronounced ony-hunga not one-hunger.


We took a route back from The Old Church which was a bit longer than I expected. The next 2 pictures are just when we joined the coastal cycle way at Awatoto to get back to Napier.

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We stopped for a drink near the Aquarium and the final cycle up Bluff Hill was very hard.

I thought I might add some festive pictures! (Still doesn’t feel quite right having Christmas in 20+ degrees outside.) Pauline dropped round some baubles and a tree with lights yesterday so here’s the result… 🙂

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