I seem to have had a bit of a theme going on through the blogs over recent times which has resulted in a scarcity of said blogs, seeing as how they are generally about my riding and I haven’t been doing much!
Well now it is nearly two months since the last blog and although I did go for a Uly ride nearly four weeks ago, once again I’ve been too busy to blog about it and in term of my current bike, that ride was reasonably significant.
The ride itself wasn’t anything special, just a scoot up to Hunterville, although we did divert at Sanson to go via Halcombe, then extended up to Fordell to cut back across a road I wouldn’t normally do in June. …and sure enough there was a lot of tarmac that hadn’t seen any sun for a bit and much care was taken, resulting in some odd hairy lines on the damp and potentially treacherous surface, but we all made it to Hunterville OK.
Hunterville was the planned lunchstop, but I wanted to visit mum, so I kept going and crossed Vinegar Hill to get to the Wai’rapa and that’s where it happened….
For the second time I rode an ST through 100,000 Km.
The rest of the ride was generally spirited and uneventful.
Then last week I went for another ride because I had to attend a business forum in Palmerston Nth, …another bland ride. This time, it was 5° when I left home, 8° when I got to the coast, dropped to 3° by Levin, then hit 0° just before Shannon and again by Opiki, then crawled back to 8° before Palmy, so the heated grips got a good workout.
This week I rode ..but only to the Ulysses monthly meeting and that was rather interesting because we had a presentation from a couple of the NZTA Traffic Safety Engineers.
They talked about the studies and initiatives that had been trialed over the past few years on the Coro’ Loop, like the added guard rails under the Armco, road markings to encourage riders to take better lines, improved surfaces, back sealing driveways to prevent migration of grit onto the road, signage etc. Then mentioned how the measures had made a difference to the way other road users drove and it was all quite positive …..but then they finished with a mention about diminishing budgets!!! *Sigh*….so I won’t hold my breath waiting to see any improvements to road surfaces, quality and longevity in the work that is done and realignment of some of the road signs (particularly around Northland) so they don’t blind you as you approach corners.
It was bloody interesting but!
So, a couple of uneventful rides have occurred and I’d dearly love to be doing more but damn we’re busy and I can’t see much riding over the next couple of months …but of course, then it will be warm-up time for the next Nth Island 1600 and I am looking forward to that.
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