Wow, doesn't time fly when you're spending it above ground!!
It's been a year (end of July) since they embedded my very own defibrillator / pacemaker thingy in my chest ( https://longjohnbiker.weebly.com/blog/is-johhnie-walker-the-phantom ) and next week a year ago was when I went in for the TOE procedure (shifty scope down the throat) ( https://longjohnbiker.weebly.com/blog/being-johhnie-walker-wk13 ), which led to the puncture repair procedure and subsequent clearance to drive/ride again.
Well, a year on and I've done a heap of motorbicycling long rides, had a trip to Queenstown with Ann and started to prep for this year's North Island 1600 & 800 events, as well as the planning for the 1KC (1,000 Km Cruise) rides, however, the weather hasn't been that friendly and now we find ourselves back in a Covid lockdown for 3 days ....which is sure to be pushed to the next 4-6 weeks!!
So after my first prep ride at the beginning of the month, last week (Saturday), I got back on the pushbike and rode to Eastborne and back (about 50Km in just over 2 hrs) and that brought back all the memories from last year, then on Sunday, I joined the Wgtn Ulys for a ride to Ngawi (but I didn't wear a fox hat) and that was good.
It was a rather fresh (3 degrees) but splendid, cloudless, windless day. It was a massive surprise to turn up and find there were 17 bikes on the ride, because in recent times it has been more common to only get 2 or 3. Once getting to Featherston, I settled in near the tail of the ride for the scoot down the Western Access, across to Pirinoa and along the coast, providing a taillight for the more relaxed riders to follow.
It was a bit of a surprise to find that, apart form a short section of road works,the road is now sealed all the way, including the entry into Ngawi ...and the pink bulldozer has gone!!
After a bit of a pause, we returned and this time I opted for the middle of the field, pausing to let oncoming cars come over the one way bridges in order to create space between myself and Richard ahead of me, but alas, we were back on his tail a few corners into the curly section. I then paused again at Lake Ferry Rd to provide a lead for the relaxed riders and head to lunch in Martinborough. Wow, that was humming, but I enjoyed a coffee and eventually, another good fang over the hill to get home. The ride was about 290Km.
This week (Wed) we were plunged back into lockdown and it has thrust me back to the no-riding days of last year, so yesterday, I pedalled the 3Km to the office, then back again and this morning, decided to go for a pedal around the Ngaio and Khandallah hills. That was about 15km, but harder work than last week and took about 45 mins. It started out fresh, but sunny, but by the end it had clouded over and has since drizzled ....so it feels like Johhnie Walker is back!
But she'll be right. Apart from needing to shed a few Kgs again, life is good! Or at least it will be if any gummint imposed restrictions don't impinge on our October and November events!!??
This blog is pretty much just about motorcycling ...but every now and then I might rant or dribble on about other things.