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Ten bikes left Ashhurst at around 9:30 and made their way out around Aokautere and over the Pahiatua Trackto Pahiatua where we stopped briefly to regroup before taking to the back roads down to Alfredton.
|At the turn-off: left to Castle Point, right to Masterton|
At the beach it was time for a bit of a break and we probably spent an hour or so there taking it all in, talking bikes and most of us picking up a bit of sunburn.
From Masterton I led us to the turn-off that would take us through some more back roads to Mauriceville and then onto Eketahuna. I was soon passed by some more enthusiastic riders but really enjoyed the nice cruise that kept us away from the main road and the holiday traffic.
In a continued effort to avoid the main road (and because it's our preferred route) we took the turn-off to Mangamire and headed for home. It was along here where one of our number (mounted on a poor wee VT250) proved that there is such a thing as too much confidence. He had been pushing things a little and ended up going into a right hander a little too hot. He realised this and tried to slow up which took him out wider in the turn where he eventually ran out of room and took a diversion into the drain. Luckily he had scrubbed off most of his speed and the result was very little damage and no injury - lucky lad.
Anyway, we soon had the bike fished out of the undergrowth and eventually coaxed it back into life. From here the ride got a little less interesting with no more mishaps as we made our way back over the track and home. For the record, the silver Connie managed the 340 odd km on about 20L returning 5.9L/100km - pretty good all things considered...
The only thing remaining to do for the day was to partake in a very nice barbie at Meanie & Monies which just put the icing on the cake! Another great day out on the bikes with a pretty decent bunch of ruffians!