No sooner has Sue Bradford's anti-smacking bill become law than the stupid bitch is trying to introduce a 16 year old voting age...Where's it all going to end?? Politicians piss me off, but I can't be bothered getting involved so I guess I'll just stick to bitching about it and biking.
After a week of Snow down south, heaps of rain up north and the odd thunder storm in Wellington, we had a great weekend for riding. Saturday was a bit windy and marginal in the Wairarapa and Manawatu so Nanny Ann and I had a cruisy ride around the bays followed by a coffee in town before heading home to relax before the excitement of the All Black/Springbok test and the 1st race for the America's Cup.
Today was a great day for a ride and fortunately BuckBuck had organised the Winter Solstice Ride. I left home around 1000 for Rimutex where I gassed-up and checked the tyres. While we were waiting, a Motorad salesman turned up on the new Kawasaki Concours 14 which has just been released and was delivered to them yesterday, so I checked it over. It's a bit of a beast with a ZX14 motor, a 190 tyre on the back and similar features to the ST, but as far as I am concerned, the 'jury is still out' on whether I prefer it or the ST. Each bike has its’ advantages and I am eagerly awaiting the ride reports that should start hitting the 'sites' soon.
Nine of us eventually got away just after 1100 after being warned by a rider that the wind was treacherous on the hill. It must have settled because we had no problems and after quick stops at the summit and bottom, we were soon on our way through Martinborough, along Ponatahi Road for lunch at the Wild Oats in Carterton with the 'Rapa Crew. The temperature was 14 degrees and I was getting a bit hot so I had to change down to the Kerby gloves and strip off my skivvy.
I left early to drop some DVD's in Masterton for my brother and waited for the rest to arrive at the North End Mobil. By this time the Ashhurst riders had joined in and there was now about 16 bikes for the run through Alfredton to Eketahuna. We split from the Ashhurst lot there and came back through Morrisville, the Loop Line and another coffee stop in Greytown.
I got home just before 1700 after doing about 300 kms and after a quick change, a roast dinner was ready to serve. Life doesn't get much better than this....except I do have to get a set of Avon Storms for the bike this week.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.