Between Ann’s Tennis & Studies and my Riding, we haven’t had too many weekends together lately, so we decided we should go somewhere and as we hadn’t visited her folks in Moumahaki for some time….that was it.
It was fairly short notice (Friday morning decision) so we went home just before 1600 to pack and get ready and were away from home by 1620, just needing a fuel stop at BP Mana on the way out. It was sunny, warm and a nice day for a pootle, ….until we hit the traffic at Whenua Tapu.
I rarely travel out of Wellington on a Friday and had forgotten how bad it can get. It was just lucky we were on the bike and even then, with fairly aggressive filtering, I estimated that we still lost ¼ of an hour through to Waikanae so if we had been in the car, that could translate to between 1 & 1½ hours!!?? After that the traffic was steady but flowing well and I focused on getting the economy up to minimise the likelihood of getting any tickets and by the time we got to Foxton it was getting on to dusk.
Dusk is a very nice time to ride (as long as you’re not heading into the sun), there was an orange glow around the horizon and with the clear skies we could see Ruapehu from the Himitangi Straights. The only trouble was, the sun going down at this time of year means the temperature will follow, so all of a sudden, the most pleasant 19° became 13° …and sliding, so as we arrived at Sanson I asked how Ann was feeling and we needed to stop for another layer.
That was better but having both left our liners at home, the temp went down to 10° then settled between 7 & 9° so by the time we got to her folks we were a little uncomfortable. The stupid thing was, the bags were pretty empty and we had plenty of room for warmer gear.
We had a pleasant evening, in front of the heater, chatted the next morning and were back on the road to Wanganui at midday to visit a cousie who had suffered a stroke and was in hospital. From there we stopped for a Donor Kebab in Bulls and had a pretty uneventful trip back, getting to Bulls by 1530, having done 440Kms and still on the same tank with a couple of bars to go on the gauge.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.