Another absolutely stunning winter's day with very calm and sunny conditions all over the country so no excuse not to get the bike out of the shed. Brian and Pete were keen too so at 9am we saddled up and hit the road.
Brian and I had kicked a few ideas around and in the end decided to do the same route through to Martinborough that I'd done with the Fielding Riders a couple of months ago (blog here). First up, the Pahiatua track and into Pahiatua for gas before hitting the back roads.
It was still pretty chilly out and there were plenty of damp spots in places that needed to be shown some respect but the ride down from Pahiatua to Alfredton was great. Heading South on Route 52 from Alfredton there were quite a few frosty bits but also plenty of nice and dry sweepers to enjoy.
I'm not very familiar with the back roads through to Martinborough (so can't remember any names or anything) but these roads are a really nice mix of sweeping bends, some straights and some really tight stuff - all through very picturesque scenery. Biking nirvana.
We managed to go past the place where Gerble died without either of the Honda's (or the Suzuki) dying but not long after all three of us had a wee moment on a very slippery corner (the sign was correct) before idling into Martinborough for a spot of lunch.
From Martinborough we pootled into Masterton and topped up our tanks and then followed Brian out of town and turned off to go through to Mauriceville. Once again, some really nice back roads through here and more great scenery.
The last bit of ride involved a little bit of State Highway (pffft) and a good blast through Managamire and over the track. An absolutely stunning day out - all winter's days should be this good!