Another two ride week. It was Mum's birthday yesterday so I decided to nip over to Masterton and take her out for lunch and today was a dusk ride to Stonehenge Aotearoa with Ulysses.
I had to go to town first to pick-up a book for Ann, then got straight on the Motorway and headed up to Caltex Rimutaka to fill up. I got away from the gas station at 1058, it was 17° and although it looked like it was going to rain and the road was wet, I got to the top of the hill unscathed and all of a sudden the temp rose a few degrees and the roads were dry. I have been taking it easy lately to keep my tyres good for the Southern Cross but there was plenty of traffic due to the Martinborough Fair and Golden Shears so the trip over the hill was pretty interesting and by the time I was heading out of Featherston, the temp was up to very Summery 24°.
I continued to take it easy with very little overtaking as the traffic was moving very well and I was soon in Masterton where we went to the Solway Park for lunch, which was most pleasant. All too soon I was back on the road to get back to help Ann prepare for a baby shower she was hosting for a mate and the evening was most pleasant.
It was odd to awake today and even though it was a great day, to not go for a ride. Instead I did a few long overdue chores, ie washed the car and mowed the lawns then pottered about until 1500 when we got changed to head for the ride meeting point at Brown Owl. We got there at 1545 and chatted with the others before the short ride over towards Gladstone. I had never been to Stonehenge and never even knew it existed until recently and the ride was worth the effort to check the place out.
After checking in and paying, we received a power point presentation about the place before going out to the stone ring to become enlightened. The structure has encompassed not just the Celtic traditions, but also many other cultures and religions, including Matariki, the Maori New Year and the tour included a lengthy presentation on Astronomy and Astrology. It was most interesting and afterward we headed to The Gladstone pub for dinner.
The trip back was OK, even though the wind was reasonably strong coming back over the hill and we got home at 2155, 213Km done for today, a bit over 400Km for the weekend.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.