A short Ulysses ride was on the plan for today and I decided to turn up, even though the weather was looking like crap.
After getting up late, I was still ready and down at the bike by 0900, but then had to put the wets on and check the tyres. I nearly didn’t bother as they have just been fitted but since the bike has been sitting for over a week and the weather is rather cool, luckily I did as they were both down around 40psi.
That done I popped down to Shell Crofton Downs for air, then onto Caltex Kaiwharawa for gas and got to Brown Owl just before 0950 to find only two other bikes there. No problem, 3 constitutes a ride (A leader, a group and a TEC) and Steve normally turns up even if it’s snowing so we waited for more.
Come 1000, two more arrived, we had a very brief briefing, then hit the hill for Featherston and out to Martinborough. From there we took the middle road, pausing at Ponatahi Junction for a huge herd of cows before meandering onto Carterton and back to Trendz Café on the outskirts of Greytown…..and that was it!
I was fully kitted out for the worst of weather but we barely encountered the briefest of drizzle patches, although the road was wet all the way and due care was required to avoid the diesel spots, slick strips and cow shit. The sun even made a brief appearance whilst we were dining….but then it also pissed down but we were soaking up the warmth from the log fire, and barely noticed as I concentrated on my Lambs Fry & Bacon with Bowl Latte.
After an hour and a bit we went our separate ways, which for me was straight back over the hill to work. I clipped along at a decent pace and was back in Khandallah by 1315, having done 197Kms, mostly at 9 or 10° and now have 92,196Kms on the bike.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.