Nov 2 - Into Keri Keri

Today was a buying day for a bunch of stuff we needed/wanted (we'll mention prices as so many folks have asked us for specifics): a suitcase to pack our stuff for our visit back to the States (thrift store cost: $5), a Petanque set (this is a real good lawn bowling set (Bocce), list $50, our cost $45), a 6' fishing gaff, (we lost ours overboard a long while back...list $100, on sale $50), a water hose (15 meter cost $25). Now, don't forget to apply the currency conversion, presently $.81 USD/NZD. Driving thru Paihia to get to Keri Keri is a beautiful excursion. There aren't too many cars on the road, the rolling hills are incredibly picturesque, and the multiple bays have hundreds of boats anchored nearby; we love it! We stopped at the RoadRunner Bar, a local spot, on the way back to the marina. Back at the boat, went for a nice hot shower ($2 coin for 4 min; doesn't sound like a lot of time but it's plenty for us; scalding hot water and nice facilities). One of the riggers stopped by, and we found a broken wire on the port aft lower shroud at the mast terminal. I hadn't replaced any of the lowers when I rerigged in Honolulu, so they'll be changed here. Also saw a few new arrivals: Frank (previously owned the W-43 RiRi, we bought our new staysail from him) as well as Mike and Irene (sv This Side Up).
Pic: Sue walked the coastal trail from Opua to Pahia, with Sharon from Georgia J. It was a scenic 2hr. leisurely hike. (They got a ride back.)

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