So after an early rise (man, it's Saturday!) I rode down to meet Brian and Manie (riding down from Normanby on his K6 Bandit) and a few other local riders at Freedom Suzuki. After filling in our entries and chatting with others it was time for us to ride up to Hunterville to the official start of the ride.
Brian ended up leading us out of Palmy, across to Feilding and the Halcombe road. Here the group got split up a bit with a few riders deciding to make themselves scarce - the cop just out of Halcombe must have given them a bit of a fright...
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In Hunterville we gassed up and completed our sign-on before grabbing a quick coffee prior to the ride briefing. While waiting Al turned up on his Tigger and Colin (from the BRR) on his Wee - both keen to ride Annie again.
Al eventually caught me up near the front of the ride but eventually went past as I settled into a slower pace as we neared the more demanding, windy and poorly surfaced sections. But further on he actually came back the other way - he had noticed that the bike that had been following him had disappeared from his mirrors and fearing the worse turned around to make sure that he was ok. Apparently the guy had pulled of the road for a breather so all was good and Al was able to then catch me up and follow me into Fern Hill.
Here we waited for a while but with the other riders still somewhere on the Annie we carried on into Hastings to our lunch stop and managed to get a head start on the sossie eating. Actually, not long after we arrived the rest of the mob started coming in in dribs and drabs all drawn to the smell of the barbie I guess.
On SH50 we had to ride through a few decent showers and at the end of the road Manie was getting a little worried about his fuel so we ended up ducking into Norsewood to sup from the sole petrol pump in town before carrying onto Dannevirke. Here I took us in closer to the ranges and we took in Topgrass and Pinfold Roads before heading up over a wet and busy Saddle and dropping into Ashhurst. In Bunnythorpe we said goodbye to Manie and made our way home. Another great ride over Annie - that's two for the Connie and one for the Vee, may have to even that up...
A few more pics here.