After our nice fine day yesterday we were expecting another good day today. So it was a bit of a surprise to wake to rain at Snells Beach this morning. It’s OK when you’re expecting it and not when you’re not. We’d set our hearts (and stomachs) on making it to the Mangawhai market so we packed up and got on the road. For reasons I won’t bother you with we run two GPSs together. And not for the first time they had a difference of opinion on the best route to follow. We ended up taking directions from the first one that turned us off SH1. And that lead to more confusion because our road atlas claimed our route was unsealed.
Meanwhile GPS No 2 was having none of it, insisting every 30 seconds that we make a u-turn when possible or the sky would fall in. I was pointing out that a u-turn wasn’t looking feasible in the near future. Wyn was being The Mentalist and suggesting that the road and the road signs all looked new and upgraded. Faced with all this, and the fear that the market might sell out of food we pressed on. It worked out OK, with GPS No 1 and Wyn being right. We reached Mangawhai in under an hour from Snells Beach and parked up and headed to the market.
With all the rain the outside stalls were troubled with puddles; and mud. Highlights of the market were the bread woman outside with ciabatta bread that was more than 50mm high and the Turkish man inside with a great patter and even better spinach and feta filo things.
Later after lunch and a snooze we headed off in the car for an explore. We ended up at the Mangawhai Heads Beach in between showers and headed off for some exercise. There is a lookout just above the end of the road and that was worth the steps. We then enjoyed a quick walk along the beach and back; just beating the rain. It was a good day despite the weather; renewing our acquaintance with Mangawhai and getting some exercise.