Some of the family came down to Wellingrton last night and we went to the last show of Cats, at the Opera House. It was a great show and we had a big ride today, so it was a Berry Berry Nice weekend. (I say this because for part of the ride today, we were joined by Dick Hubbard on his Beemer).
The ride was departing from the Plimmerton Weigh Station at 0930, to go to Hunterville for lunch and I took my son Lance who is visiting. We were up before 0800 to get ready and on the road by 0845 for a fill at Shell Mana before getting to the meeting point where there were already half a dozen bikes. Ken and Dick pulled in shortly after us and I couldn’t help asking, ‘with such big bags, had he brought us all breakfast’? Before long we were briefed and 21 bikes pulled out at 0933 with Lance and me on TEC duty, having an uneventful ride up to Bulls, where some topped-up, some had coffees and we all chewed the fat for a bit.
From there Ken and I swapped rolls and I led out for Fordell and over to Hunterville. It was a great clear day and on the way from Foxton we were treated to a spectacular view of Mt Ruapehu and from Bulls we still had that as well as Egmont/Taranaki in our sights. I kept the pace just over 100kph and we were soon winding through the back roads, excercising maximum care to avoid any mishaps. The road is OK, with minimum road works and I didn't spot any stock but there were lots of patches that don't see any sun and hence had a rich coat of green goo that needed to be avoided.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.