After getting the front tyre checked this week, it turned out that it was slightly damaged but as I don't have any marathon rides planned, we just fitted a tube and will contine to monitor it.
We had the Ambulance Charity ride on ANZAC day this week. There was about 50 bikes turned up to ride from Maidstone Park, over Haywards to Plimmerton, then down SH1 to Murphy Street and the Ambulance depot on the corner of Hobson St and Thorndon Quay.
I rode as TEC and arrived about ½hour after everyone else as John's V-max stopped at the top of the Ngauranga Gorge so I picked-up his pillion to take the rest of the way while he got it sorted, then I found Don at the bottom of the gorge as his bike was already on reserve when he went to switch it over!!?? So, I had to drop John's pillion then nip down to Shell Harbour City, get a container and $10 of fuel and head back to Newlands to turn and come back down to save Don. It was a bit of a worry because when I got back to him, he said that quite a few bikes just rode on by with barely more than a wave. I think it's poor form that we bikers all wave to each other on the road, but couldn't really give a toss if one of our own need help.
Straight after that ride, I filled-up on the way home, then fitted the already packed panniers, Nanny Ann and I mounted up and we headed off for Tokaanu for the long weekend. I had booked us in for 2 nights in a Studio unit at the Oasis and we got away at 1255, heading straight up SH1 to get there for a soak in a hot pool as soon as possible.
The weather wasn't bad being overcast with the temp varying between 18° & 11° (on the plateau) and the traffic was light. We stopped for a coffee and snack at the Brown Sugar Cafe in Taihape and arrived in Tokaanu at about 1700 with the economy on 18 K/Ltr, checked in, grabbed a few supplies at the Turangi New World and finally got that long awaited soak in a hot pool.
After lots more soaks over Saturday, we were up at 0700 for our last one before a quick snack and getting packed to leave by 0915. It had been pissing down for much of the night and was still drizzling when we filled at the Shell station and the weather was pretty dismal until we were over the summit of the plateau, where the temp dipped to 10°. After that the temp climbed to 22° and I was getting a bit hot in my wets but left them on, even after we stopped for a kebab in Bulls, just in case we hit the odd scattered shower along the way. We managed to get home unscathed although we must have only missed some showers by minutes as the road was still quite wet in places.
We caught-up to the Hitchers along Centenial Hiway and were home before 1330, 19K/Ltr economy, 324Kms for the day, 697Km for the trip and 41,633 on the bike so I'll have to get the next serviced booked for next week. That's 12,000Km so far this year.....and I was going to cut down on the K's after overdoing it a bit last year!
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.