Counting down the last two weeks to the TT and this week I went on the Uly Ride to Apiti, combining it with my last prep’ ride. My plan was to ride with the group to the Pilgrims Rest , on Pohangina Valley East Rd, but then continue riding instead of stopping for lunch, focusing on maintaining a good average pace, whilst generally riding economically and within the prescribed tolerances, so as not top get pinged.
I did the usual ride prep of tyres, clean (& polish for a change), prepared a route for Betty, and mowed the lawns (because I know what’s good for me), then Sunday it was scrub up, stow the gear and hit the road for a fill at Shell Mana. I opted for Shell because I didn’t want the BP 98 to extend my range for pace, so the ride would be more realistic in keeping with the TT conditions.
After topping up, I went to the Plimmerton Weigh Station to talk while we waited for the crowd to arrive…..all six of them, that is apart from Ken (RIC) and myself (TEC), there were six riders that departed, but one pulled off at Waikanae and another at Levin…just leaving six of us. We trundled along SH1 in the usual boring fashion, with the weather threatening to let loose and I was thinking I might need to get the wets out at Shannon, but once we were skirting past Levin I could see that the weather was clear ahead. About that time, I also lost my music and Betty stopped talking to me.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.