We had a busy week trying to sort out some year-end accounts, working all Saturday on them, and today I was planning to go to work to do some catching-up there but instead, we decided to go over to the Wairarapa to pick-up a new car for the business.
I had to go to work first to sort out a couple of things and Nanny Ann was to meet me there so I got ready and departed. I struggled getting the bike out of the garage and was heading down the drive before I realised something was wrong because the bike felt like shit.....it had a flat front tyre!
I rode back up the drive and parked it in the garage on the centre stand, checked the pressure at 10psi, then inspected the tyre for damage, but couldn't see a thing so I got the foot pump out of the top box and tried pumping it up a bit. At 20psi there were still no signs of a leak so I brushed some water on it, still to no affect, then pumped it up some more. At 30psi I finally decided it was just a slow leak and headed off to the local Shell, put over 45psi in it then went to work to do my bits & pieces and would then decide if we were to take the bike or car over the hill.
An hour later the pressure had only dropped a pound or two so after checking the rain map, we put the rest of our gear on and headed to my sister's place at Woodside. As soon as we were on the Hutt Road, it was looking like we made the wrong decision as the weather up the Hutt Valley was looking a bit grim and by Upper Hutt we were getting showers (Which must have just been low cloud as there was no rain forecast) and the temp was heading for 10°.
We carried on regardless and and although cold and the road wet in places, we had a pleasant ride over the hill, the temp rose back to 13°, and were soon enjoying a hot drink and snack at Woodside, finally moving on to Masterton at 1500.
Ann took the car back over the hill while I spent a bit of time with mum and headed home about 1630. The weather had cleared a bit more but was still around 10° and although I had an extra skivvy on, I still haven't put my liners back in and only had my summer gloves on, so I wasn't that comfortable. It was a good ride though and when I finally got home it was 8°, the economy had risen from 14.6 K/Ltr, from the round-town running, to 17.2 K/Ltr, The 200'ish Kms I had done today took it to 270 for the tank and 40,774 total.
I think I better wash my gear and put the liners in this week.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.