After a night that brought the odd shower of rain the day ended up starting out pretty fine and when I got to our launching point in Ashhurst there was already a few of the gang gassed up and ready to roll.
|Looking good out towards the East...|
|Crappy winter's day!|
Leaving Tiko we hit my favourite part of SH50 - a stretch that takes you up over a nice little hill and is jammed packed with great corners. Even though it was damp under
At Fernhill we turned off 50 to head into the wops past Puketapu and finally to Seafield Road. Watch the video and substitute the soundtrack for that of my wee RG250 ring-dinging it's way (over 20 years ago) through some great windies...
Popping out at Bayview we cruised into Napier and here we got a bit separated. Looking behind me, I only had one person following me so I pulled up to wait...and wait. Not good. I got on the phone to Neil and got the bad news that a young chap on his first ride with us had ridden off the road on Seafield Road. Luckily he was fine and the damage to his ZX-6 just cosmetic - lucky...
Reunited in Napier, we decided on an early lunch and enjoyed it sitting outside in the sunshine of a great Napier day.
|Count the clouds...|
After a nice lunch we remounted and followed the waterfront out of Napier and onto Clive. Here we fuelled up and said goodbye to the Ninja rider and his riding mates and made for Havelock North and Middle Road. Not much to say about Middle Road except that it was it's normal fantastic self, enter exhibit A - ignore the bug juice...
Eventually we were back onto SH2 and we pootled along it until just South of Waipuk where we turned off onto Hatuma Road. I'd never been through here but had always been keen to go for a nosey. It and the subsequent roads that eventually got us onto the Weber Road were fantastic. They started off fast and open before getting narrower and windier. The surface was mostly good except in a few places where there was the odd bit of metal or mud on the road. The wind also came up a bit and we got blown around some in a few places.
My GoPro got splattered again and all the video I got looks a bit like this:
Neil managed to capture a few of the Buels playing around behind him though:
We stopped again at Weber Road for a quick natter (a cold wind was a blowing) before the last leg home.
|Barry wearing a bit of mud|
|Russell and his wee Guzzi|
|Colin reeling in a Trumpy...|
In Ashhurst a few of us stopped for a drink while the rest departed for home after a cracking ride in fantastic (it's supposed to be winter) conditions! Now where too next month...