Sunday, November 19, 2017

Windy Tag

So after a beautiful sunny week in which I rode the Tenere to work 4/5 times (would have been 5/5 but I needed the car on Monday) the weekend has disappointed somewhat.  Both days have been reasonably fine but with a cold wind a blowing and as I type this it is beginning to look like rain - nice...

Anyway, enough whinging, I did manage a quick ride today to go out and nab Owl's tag.


I got blown around a little but the tag was probably less than 10km from my place...

Who wants a Super Duke when you can have a Super Connie!
My next job was to find the new tag and I took in a few back roads trying to look for something interesting to use.  I somehow found myself in Opiki but rather than take a picture of another school I turned off onto Tane Road where I eventually found a road sign that might prove tricky to find...


When I got home and posted the pics in the Tagorama thread I discovered that someone else was out there tag hunting: https://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/showthread.php/104968-Tag-o-rama!?p=1131072857#post1131072857

Well, at least I bet him eh?  But then:

No flies on Phil...
It definitely must have been a tricky tag then: it took Phil 51 minutes to get it and post up...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Snapping

Righto, so yesterday I was complaining about taking the wrong camera and getting crap pictures again as a result so maybe I need to start looking again...

But first, my current selection.


This is my first ever digital camera and cost a fortune over 12 years ago.  It's a mere 4 mega pixel but comes with a 10x optical zoom and it still takes very good pictures (well, to a very amateur photographer anyway).  It cost me plenty back in the day...


This is yesterday's offender.  I bought it when I started out adventure riding as I didn't want to wreck my little Olympus - either in a whoopsie, bad weather or bouncing around in a topbox.  I think it's about a 12 mega pixel and cost less than half of what the Olympus did.  Oh, and I've dropped the Olympus on concrete and it's survived...

This is my "good"camera and I always take it on my big trips or when I know I want good pictures.  Can't remember how many mega pixels it is but it takes a nice picture and I like the GPS function along with the 42x optical zoom.  And yes, it cost less than the Olympus...

Then of course there are my GoPro's which actually take nice pictures occasionally...

So, I'm sick of the crappy shots from the Fujifilm but still want something small to stick in the tank bag.  And I'd still prefer water and shockproof.

What to get?  Help please!

BTW: I can't quite bring myself to potentially kill the little Olympus doing this job.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Just a short one...

Yesterday I'd been wondering about my next gravel excursion and decided that I wanted to return to the "Badlands" and to also check out another gravel road that I'd only done once, years ago.

The "Badlands" are to be found on Kauarapaoa Road, tucked in behind Wanganui in what most people would call the wop-wops.  On one particular corner there was (now I've given something away) a sign welcoming you to the Badlands and along the fence line used to be various goat skulls and hides - for non-NZ readers, goats are an introduced pest and are very destructive as they will eat anything...

Anyway, I didn't head out Saturday, instead opting for today and before I got ready I messaged Rodney to see if he was keen.  He was busy but when I said it was just going to be short ride he decided that he could make it all of a sudden...

The first bit of our ride was tarmac only across to Wanganui where we stopped for a quick bite before going in search of gravel.

Mmmmm, Pukeko's...

Thirsty pig!
A few kms up the road it was time to turn off the main road and head North on Rangitatau East Road.  I should had the camera going on the seal as I forgot how nice this road is even while on seal as you wind your way through some very nice bush.  Eventually we found the gravel.

Look, there it is, I'm standing on it!
For a fair chunk of the road the metal was fairly loose so we didn't break any speed limits and just took in the neat road and some nice scenery.



There was a surprising amount of traffic on the road too
We stopped just before the turn-off to the Badlands and I attempted to take some photos but my crappy little camera ended up taking crappy pictures - should have used the phone...

It was actually a lot nicer (lighter) than this in real life...

Is that you Rodney?

There's supposed  to be bikes in this picture...
Just before we left I was to see a little VW Golf go past and I think it'd just come out of Kauarapaoa Road.  What?  It couldn't have - it can be a bit gnarly in the Badlands...

Well, it was time to check it out for ourselves.  Dropping down the hill, the road was the driest I've seen it and the road in pretty good condition with a lot less grass growing in the middle of the road...



A particularly tricky bit...
While it wasn't fast riding, it was easy riding with the road in its current condition.  A bit of rain would have made things a little different.




So not quite the adventure it has been in the past and then there was the next disappointment...

Approaching the Badlands I was in for a shock, the sign was gone and the place had been cleaned up.  You could see across the paddock to a nice house in a picturesque spot, the only goats in sight were all very much alive and keen to stay away from motorcycles.

The last of the gravel opened up a bit and allowed the use of a few more gears but then, as always, it ran out and become a nice windy bit of tar.



After pulling over to turn the camera off I asked if Rodney wanted to try out the Tenere and after realising that that meant I'd be riding his bike he decided that it was worth the risk.

I ended up riding his Beemer through Wanganui and Fordell before finally handing it back to him at the little look-out on Kauangaroa Road.  I really enjoyed the little squirt on the Beemer - it's very light and the motor is smooth and willing.

Phew, got it back in 1 piece...




Our next turn-off was onto Turakina Valley road but instead of heading North to Ohakune we went South and took a short (and getting shorter) stretch of gravel over to my next mystery road.  I'd only ridden Taurimu Road once before and that was on a wet day as an Adventure riding noob with the BRR.  Back then it had been wet, muddy, slippery and slightly scary.  Today it was dry and covered in reasonably deep gravel in places.

Once again I should have had the camera on as we rode through some pretty nice scenery - oh well, next time...

Taurimu Road eventually became Galpins road and then sealed again just north of Marton.  But I hadn't finished with my little ride and I took Rodney and another (sealed) deviation just off SH1 just to keep him on his toes.

A little of the Halcombe road (mind the nice policeman)  and then across to Mount Stewart got us back out on the main road for the cruise back into Palmy.  A nice "little" ride of just under 300km...

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Almost 1,000km...

So, I had the GoPro on all day on Saturday with the aim of getting a heap of photos and stitching them all together for a time-lapse of the day's outing.

But I fouled things up in Wairoa by somehow starting the camera in video mode.  And then in Dannevirke the camera gave up - not sure what happened there.

So I ended up with just over 4,000 photos and a couple of hours of video documenting all but about 60km of our 1,040km.  And here it is...


I may have sped up the video from Wairoa-Tiniroto-Wairoa just a little...

Monday, November 06, 2017

The famous Scooter Bob

Well, if he wasn't famous before he is now...Dar has shown him off to the world via her piece on Farkle Garage.  Neat!

(Skip to about 5:30 if you can't wait to see him).