I managed to slip another ride in this afternoon after working working yesterday and this morning. …well, working most of yesterday except for going to the gym and taking the Pukeko to netball. (The Pukeko is what my sons call their niece)
I had looked at the weather forecast yesterday and it was crap, so I wasn’t expecting to ride, then when I was on my way to the gym this morning I was thinking, “hmm, looks alright”, then checked the forecast again only to find that it was supposed to be raining.
I had sort of accepted that I wasn’t riding, but I’d worked a bit longer on Saturday so I could ride, the weather kept improving and another idea popped into my mind, that perhaps I needed to ‘test my wets’? Yeah right! …Riding an ST, I only ride gravel or wet roads if I really have to!
Anyway, my original plan was to ride about 300 or 400km and I figured State Highway riding would be best in order to start hardening the butt, so perhaps up SH2, across to SH1 via Vinegar Hill, then back across via Halcombe and back down SH2, so the plan didn’t change, I worked until just after 1pm, went home, changed, threw a couple of things in the bike and left.
The weather was still good, sunny and felt a lot warmer than 13° because my hands were feeling a little sweaty in the winter-weight Spidi gloves and I made good progress through to Upper Hutt and over the hill. Once in the Wai’rapa, it was more brilliant sunshine all the way to the coast, but the clouds were creeping over the Tararuas and as per usual, it was looking like it would be a bit wet as I went by Mt Bruce.
Sure enough, it was wet at Mt Bruce and that had me thinking, or perhaps re-thinking the plan. Should I continue through to Woodville to test the wets or bale, head East and have a nice ride ….so I stopped for fuel in Pahiatua, then headed to Alfredton via Tane.
The road was still wet and I had a couple of those horrid twitches, but as I got closer to Alfredton it did dry up and I started to make better progress again. Once there, I turned for Te Ore Ore, then made my way across to Te Whiti Rd and out to Gladstone, but rather than go via Tablelands like last week, this time I decided to go past the Gladstone Pub then take middle road to Martinborough, then back home.
It’s the first time I’ve done those roads for a few years, or at least from North to South anyway and it was quite pleasant. The ride over the hill was quite quick, thanks to more courteous drivers and I was home before 6pm, having done 300-400km. My butt was getting a bit uncomfortable by Featherston, so I would have to say, the ride was worth it.
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