I had a bit of a ride today, but what a crap year! We changed our Insurance Software platform at the end of January and having decided not to migrate any data and that left me up to my eyeballs. Then after the clients and policies had been loaded, the ongoing transfer of policy data has left us under pressure.
I did have a short ride over to the Ulysses AGM last month and tacked onto that was a scoot to the Mangatainoka Brewery, which went via Mauriceville. There must have been 50 plus riders and it was quite pleasant, but what a bloody shambles at the brewery.
They only had one cash register to take all the food and drink orders and even though I was in the first dozen to get in there, it still took forever and I figured to pay by cash to shorten my time in the queue.
I didn’t want food and asked the bar tender which of the 10-15 tap brews were low alcohol …but she didn’t know!!! Fortunately at the same time I spotted there was some Citrus in the cooler so I ordered one of those plus a ginger beer and asked how much they would cost, only to find that she didn’t know that either and rather than take my money, she parked herself in the queue at the till to check the price. (Facepalm and thinks FFS!!)
Lady returns, advises price and I gave a twenty ….then I get the change which was a $5 note and eight 50c pieces!
*Sigh* ….joined the other Wellington chaps at a table, had my drinks, then decided to leave a bit early to visit mum in Masterton and at that point I noticed how few bikes had stayed. …Oh yes, and to make matters worse, some bastard must have kidnapped all the ‘Gorgeous Babes’ …because I didn’t see any!
Coming back I caught a few riders out of Pahiatua and passed them, probably only stretched to about a 30 second lead heading south out of Eketahuna and decided that I should divert back through Mauriceville again, but switched up to (shall we say) a ‘very spirited’ pace and ended up emerging back onto SH2 at the Opaki end about 30 seconds behind the other riders!
I had a nice visit with mum then enjoyed another fang over the hill.
Today was a Ulysses Mentor Ride so I went along. It was OK at home but I encountered a bit of drizzle on the way to Pauatahanui and because I was was also a bit late getting there, we were soon on the road. There were just three of us and I started in the front, being observed while the second chap was also being observed from behind for a ride around the Pauatahanui Inlet to the nearby the Police College. After that I shifted to No2 for the ride around the Whitby side of the Inlet, then over Haywards for another pause before going around Whiteman’s Valley, where I brought up the rear.
It got pretty dismal with rain bad enough to warrant putting the wets on, I had the liners in, the heated grips got switched to full, especially after the gloves got a bit wet, ....and when I got home it was quite nice!!??
So I did finally manage another ride and the bike is within a few hundred Km of hitting the 100,000 mark.
This blog is pretty much just about motorcycling ...but every now and then I might rant or dribble on about other things.