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The Great Coffey Road Trip: Day 25, Thames

By Tamati Coffey

Published: 5:53PM Monday December 07, 2009 Source: Breakfast

Well it's hard to believe that it's the final week of my Great Coffey Road Trip! I really don't know where the past five weeks have gone!
But, wow, Thames.. the 'gateway to the Coromandel' as they call it, and what a gorgeous place to start the week.  We were down at Victoria Park, just off the main road where we had it all; sun, blue skies, pohutakawa trees, and the lovely Hauraki Gulf. Not to mention of course the lovely people of Thames.
I learned a lot today about the way that gold was mined during the 19th century, Russell from the School of Mines brought down his awesome stamper model. And I had another history lesson with the old 1929 Reo Speed Wagon, that did the 'cream run' during the war.. and it's still going!

Thanks to Pat and Vince from Carson's bookstore on the main street for bringing down the restored beauty, it was great to to get Santa in the back of it!
We also met Trevor, a faithful McDonalds customer every day for the past fifteen years. He's now made the transition to McCafe for his coffee so he's doing great.
Also a huge thanks for the Te Puri dancers, who placed in the Pohutakawa Festival competition - they were awesome.
I then had an incredible scrambled eggs on toast breakfast at a cafe down the main street, plus a huge chocolate milkshake.
Cheers Thames for turning it on!
We're now off to the lovely Orewa for some fun in the sun :)
Come on down if you're near! We'll be near the surf club, you can't miss that Winnebago!

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