I decided to take a trip out around the Pohangina Valley but to take a few roads I hadn't taken in a while. It was also going to be interesting to see what the roads were like after some nasty weather a few weeks ago.
I cruised across town and out through Kelvin Grove before finally hooking up with my first bit of gravel on Watershed Road. It had been a few weeks since I was last on gravel so it took me a while to get comfortable on it again - some of the gravel had had a grader over it recently so this always adds to the fun.
Soon I was on the familiar Zig Zag road but rather than carrying onto Ridge Road I instead took Finnis Road down into the Pohangina township.
|Dropping down the hill into Pohangina|
At Utuwai I hung a left to make for Apiti. After dropping down to the river and clambering back up the other side the road straightens out and is a real hoot on a big dual-purpose bike - you can guess why.
The gravel finally ran out in Apiti so I settled into a fast cruise back to Cheltenham where I stopped for some bacon & eggs wrapped in pastry before carrying on to the old's place for a coffee.
I was finally back home around 2 in plenty of time to give the mower a bit of a thrashing too. The bike and I both enjoyed our little potter!
More pics here.