Sunday, 24 March 2013

I wore Flip Flops (jandels) to the BeachHop!!!

TOF and I were invited to stay with our good friends Leonie and Ayden over at Whangamata this weekend.  They were coming up from Wellington so it seemed like such a good idea to head over them there hills and play catch up!!!
I made a bacon and egg pie on Friday afternoon so we ate pie, (yes I know that sounds bad on so many levels) on our trip over to the coast.  I think my dad was in that beam of light heading down on us as he always enjoyed the annual Beach Hop.  The drive through the gorge between Paeroa and Waihi is one of my favourite parts of the entire road trip.  Like wise is seeing the row of Palms when just about at Waihi.  But I never get tired of the first sighting of the ocean as you get to the top of the first hill out of Waihi.  If you have driven this road as many times as I, then you will understand where I am coming from.
Friday night is Cruise by night and a great way to see the huge variety of cars that are at this event.  I slept so well that night, I think I was just petrol fumed out!!!
Saturday is a full on day of parades and parking up of both vehicles and people.  The main street is closed off for the day and there was music and food the entire length.  I took a mere 274 photos but have condensed them hugely so I can share this fabulous weekend.  So here goes.
Some Bikes

Lots of fabulously attired people enjoying the sunshine

The ladies were rockin' the spots and crinoline for sure

Ayden and TOF having a quick coffee and muffin break.  And my sweet life long  friend Leonie.
Plenty of Chrome

Just a couple of the bands on offer

Groovy old planes flew over

Leonie and I looked Frockin gorgeous on the old tandem bike we used to ride to school over 30 odd years ago!!

TOF found his dream car, a Valiant Charger
We went back to the bach and had a delightful lunch and then me and TOF tootled off.  First to the harbor as I had a strong desire to walk on the sand and dip my toes in the ocean.  He sat in the car and listened to the CRICKET on the radio. I KNOW!! The CRICKET!!
 After a quick cupper with our brother in law we took a back road back into town to avoid the traffic blockage and went and looked at all the retro caravans parked up.

Totally to die for!!!

This lady was hilarious and she owned the camp sight in these pics, check out the laundry.

Then it was time to say goodbye to Whangamata and head on home.  It was a grand time catching up with good friends and family that live over there.


Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

I so want me a retro caravan! :D I might just have to take Joe there one year :D

Vix said...

This looks absolutely gorgeous, great photos! x

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Awesome! I've never been to the hop.. must do one day. ..
Cool that tandem bike!! Love it! Great that she's still got it. Far out you guys would have been cool riding to school on a tandem.
Have a great week!

Helga! said...

O, good one getting all these awesome pix, darl! Just LOOK at all the fabulous vehicles and people!!!OMG! I'd love to go to that!
Ha, you two on that tandem! Awesome!!! I don't think I've ever been on one!