At last I’ve reached the end of the Christmas Wind-up. It’s supposed to be a cooling-off, ease into Christmas time, but invariably it’s a frantic sprint to tidy-up the loose ends and put away any last minute business.
I rang Grub on Friday to see if he wanted a comfy ride up to Napier to pick-up a new bike for SweetP, but when I looked at my speedo and saw I was within 1100Kms of the 30,000Km service, I thought better of it, (not wanting to need a service between Christmas and New Year). So Saturday was a fairly cruisy day where I finally got back on the roof and waterblasted it, after waterblasting and spot-priming in October 2006.
Just so I didn’t feel guilty about riding on Sunday, I got on the roof at 0800 to spot prime with enamel primer (that meant I had to leave it 24 hours to dry), then I was cleaned up and ready to hit the road for the KB Christmas Eve & BBQ Ride by 1000, but first I had a couple of deliveries to do to Steve and Ron, so I finally got to Rimutex just on 1100, put a couple of PSI in the rear and hung around for departure to Lake Ferry.
10 or 12 of us got away about 1120, it was 24˚ and a nice jaunt over the hill to regroup at Featherston and a couple headed back while the rest of us took to the Western side of Lake Wairarapa. A crisp pace was set through here, especially when following AJ, who I’m sure must have been doing about 180+ and may even have briefly flicked through 200. It was down to 22˚ when we arrived at the Tavern for lunch and was most pleasant sitting chatting in the sun before heading back via Martinborough.
The trip back was another pleasant ride, arriving home at about 1600, 23˚, and 241Kms done for the day. I swapped the bike for the Maxima grabbed a few bits and pieces and headed around to the Kendogs, where we had a pleasant evening and I left about 2200.
Ready for Christmas and the last week of the year….Bah Humbug.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.