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Sunday, May 18, 2008
Turns out they were heading out the valley and possibly a bit further north to meet up with some more of the tribe coming back with a new bike. Oh well, what the hey...
The ride through Pohangina is always nice though at this time of the year it pays to keep a good eye out through the shaded places as the road gets a bit green and is often damp. Add to this the usual pea metal, stock and the odd slip and it does pay to use a bit of caution. No majors today just a nice enjoyable little ride.
Coming through Apiti there was quite a long stretch of road works but they were not too bad and we were soon through them and out onto highway 54 heading towards Pemberton. This is always a nice ride although the low sun and the odd damp corner suggested taking a bit of care. A quick stop at Pemberton where one of the crew had to turn around to head back and look for his lost tankbag and were off again to Ohingaiti.
Here we stopped for a drink and a breather before the last leg home and to discover that one bike had lost all the air out of it's rear tyre somewhere or other. Luckily some locals had a compressor to help get him going and his plan was to take short hops to each garage if necessary to get him home. Hopefully he made it home safe sound as I and a couple of others headed off before the rest of gang.
Had a really good ride over vinegar hill following Cowboyz (borrowed '86 GSX-R750) and Barry (ZX-14) before finally waving them off at Colyton as I turned for Palmy and they kept on towards Ashhurst and Dannivegas.
Love these nice winter days!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The weather was a bit dodgy looking and after splashing my way through Ashhurst and the gorge I decided to pull over in Woodville and suit up for the weather. Naturally enough things started to clear the further on up the road I went.
There were a heap of bikes heading south on their way home from the Cold Duck Rally I guess. Interesting to note that the Harley boys can go and party up with people on all sorts of bikes but once back on the road they stick to their own groups and never lift a finger to wave to other bikes on the road. Dunno whats wrong with them - can't be bothered with losers like them.
By the time I hit Tiko things were warming up although the roads were still quite wet. i pulled over again and removed my wets before tucking in behind a nice Audi that was getting along quite nicely. In the end I got tired of following him and left him behind.
On the return trip I gassed up at Hastings and decided to stick my wet weather gear on there. Not a bad idea as it got quite wet in places on Highway 50 and again around Norsewood and of course through the gorge again.
On the plains I caught up to a cop just as it started raining and was forced to slow up, luckily he pulled over to head back across the plains to troll for speeders. Caught up to another by Oringi but this time there was 2 cars in between us so I just settled into cruise mode. Then the cop did a dirty - he pulled over and then tucked in behind me. Eventually we caught some campers on the road so I was able to get away from the cop by passing the campers at the speed limit.
Didn't see another until the gorge but I was dodging puddles at about 80k's so no problems there. Ended up home at about 5pm and put the bike to bed - really nice to be back out on the bike regardless of the weather.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
So yep, time to start putting some k's on the bike again...