Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Winter sucks...

...but not today!

Definitely not, she was a cracker!  And so, crackers need using in an appropriate manner - namely, the exercising of two-wheeled machinery, wearing out rubber and disposing of the remains of dinosaurs.

I was fairly busy in the morning, boring household type stuff mostly and the exercising of my hairy roomy but was able to get out on the road just after 12.  With it being such an outstanding day it was time to take the Connie for a reasonable leg stretch and a trip up the Paras and over Fields track immediately came to mind.

Fueled up, I took my usual route across to Fordell, through Okoia and onto the Paras.  At the Wanganui River Road turn-off I paused to kick the GoPro into life and this time around I just left it taking snaps every five seconds.  Amazingly the battery easily lasted around 2 hours 40 resulting in 1,837 photos.  They're all pretty good so if you want to see them, let me know and I'll email them through...

I hadn't ridden the Paras for a while so it was great to see that they were still there and in pretty good condition - just the odd few road works and some slippery bits which might have been frosty earlier in the day.




This corner can definitely be icy at times...


Just the odd little hazard along the way...

No, as it happens, I do not pull over to let others past...


Soon it was time to turn-off and start the trip over Fields Track - I love this road!


I got a bit of a workout charging up the hill so pulled up in the normal spot for a quick breather.






Next up was the drop down the hill and the cruise across towards SH49.





There's that hill...
After snatching a few awesome glimpses of the mountain, I was looking for a spot to pull over and take some decent pictures.  Think I may have been lucky as the cloud moved over the mountain not long after I stopped.




Cruising through Waiouru and then turning homeward it got a little chillier but the grips were on and screen up - the Connie does winter fairly well.


South of Taihape I was getting bored with SH1 and behaving myself so at Mangaweka I turned right and aimed for Rangiwahia.  The road was a little dicey at first with plenty of crap on the road - the rear slid around on me a few times but once up out of the river valley, the road got better.



Decisions, decisions...


Just delayed a bit by another slightly mobile road block...


I made it through to Cheltenham without running out of fuel but finally got the low fuel alert on the way towards Feilding.  I decided that I had plenty of gas so instead of going into Feilding I carried on home via Colyton and Bunnythorpe.




The Eagle has landed
I was home just before 4 after around 330 fun filled kms and soon relaxing with a coffee and sifting through all those pics...


More pics here.

Later dude, I gots some riding to do!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Eastern gravel

With Monday being a public holiday (the Queen is good for something) and it not being a bad day, it seemed rude not to head out for another pootle - this time giving the Tenere a little love.

I haven't been over the other side of the hill for a while (the gorge has been shut for over a month which makes the track and the saddle a lot busier and a lot less fun) so leaving the driveway I pointed the bike East.

The track was dry and there wasn't as much traffic as I'd feared, so I was across the hill in no time and making my way towards Mangamire.  But, of course, I turned off and headed down one of my favourite gravel roads (there seems to be a lot of them), Kopikipiko Road.

Straight away the gravel felt really good under the bike and I had a nice wee warm up.


The trouble was I was having too much fun and didn't get around to stopping for any pictures.  After a small bit of tarseal I stopped at the next bit of gravel for the photo op.

Gravel in mint condition

The Windows 95 hills?

Not lost!

Yep, more gravel thataway!
More delicious gravel eventually got me into Eketahuna where I contemplated the cafes before deciding I didn't like the look of them and carried on South for a few km before turning off onto Mangaoranga Road.

I hadn't been on this bit of road for a while and I was in for a fantastic surprise.  The road was in absolutely awesome condition and it was like riding on a sealed road.  Exhibit A:


Oh yeah, that was good!

Next up was Bartons Line.  This started off a wee bit muddy in places but I didn't really have any trouble - the E-07's have at least 7,000km on them now and while the rear looks a little sad in the middle, it still was more than up to the challenge.


There was a little excitement of the hoofed variety at one stage though...


At the end of Bartons Line I hung a right and rode on through to Alfredton before turning off and making my way across to Pahiatua.

One of these things pulverises gravel roads, the other is a steam roller...

On your marks, get set...

That's better...

Ahhh, the Mangaone...

Not the kind of sign I like seeing...
Calling it a day in Pahiatua, I turned for home, but not before that one last bit of gravel on Tararua Road and a decent squirt up over the track.


I arrived home not long after 1:30 so I had plenty of time to edit the videos before popping out again to catch the new movie about Bruce McLaren - well worth a watch!

Monday, June 05, 2017

A chilly loop

Sunday was fairly cold here - not a lot of sun, grey clouds and a definite nip in the air.  But...I needed to get a ride in.

I was keen to pop over and see the old's as Dad had just got a new toy that I needed to check out.  It's about 20km from my place to theirs and that's not a ride so I decided that the Apii Loop needed checking out.

The loop can be a little dodgy during winter.  There is frequently mud and wreckage on the road and when combined with damp/wet patches it pays to take things reasonably quietly.  But, the Connie had other ideas and I had a ball on what turned out to be a loop in pretty good condition.  Here's just a taster...


Oh, yeah, I like the new camera position too!


In Feilding it was time to check out the new toy.  Something a little different this time around...



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Battery charging

It seems like forever since the Connie had any decent sort of exercise and today I thought that it was time to take her for a small skid to top up the old battery.  My battery also needed a bit of charging too...

I left home just before 11 and though it was a bit of a grey old day, it was not cold and the rain looked like it was going to stay away - just a few damp roads on my way across to Colyton and on up to Cheltenham.

Carrying on to Kimbolton there was the odd spit but nothing serious with the PR4's not having any difficulty coping with the damp spots and the odd bit of metal on the road.

A little Connie waits...

Might stay away from those invisible hills...


Pretty girl
With not a lot of fuel on board I decided to turn-off at Pemberton and cross over to SH1 at Ohingaiti to make for food and fuel at Hunterville.  Mangamako Road was damp in places and I even had to negotiate mud on a few corners where slips had not quite been cleaned up properly - no warning signs out either...


Everyone knows chicks dig Kawasaki's

Do-er-upper?


In Hunterville I had a fairly quick stop for grub and fuel before doubling back a little to take on Vinegar Hill.  I haven't done the sums yet but I'm guessing that my economy may have suffered over the Hill, but the bike seemed to enjoy it as much as I did - nice to be out of the house and out on the silver horse.