Three Beemers, Two DL's and a handful of DR's met up at around 6:30ish at Colyton for the assault. Prior to tackling the Hill Graeme led us off on some more back roads to Pohangina. On the Map below you cannot see our complete route as Google Maps seems to refuse to accept that you can ride Pollock Road (C) through to Ridge Road and then Finnis Road, although if you zoom in you can see the route sort of penciled in. The maps also refuses to believe that you can ride up Takapari Road too (F) but you can at least try...
Pollock Road was pretty dusty (although we did get some rain near Pohangina) so we all spread out a bit but eventually made our way through to Pohangina and then out Pohangina Valley East Road to the bottom of Takapari Road. This is where the GoPro was turned on...
|Starting the climb|
|Gate Three - hi Al!|
|Climbing now but surface still ok|
|It got a fair bit worse than this...|
There was just one problem with this - I'm fairly blind and things were pretty blurry. By things I mean rocks, boulders, puddles, corners etc. I stuck with trying to point the beast uphill and taking things quietly. I had one decent moment when I hit a rock and the front wheel bounced across the track with the bike ending up pointing out into the wilderness. Luckily I wasn't going fast, pulled the clutch in and stopped easily. I then got my act together pointed the bike up the hill and powered on. Myles following along behind mentioned later that he thought I was pretty lucky to get away with it...
Not long after this though we came across a really unfortunate oops. On a very knarley climb (which I will now christen Graeme's Hill) I spotted a number of guys struggling with a bike that was basically lying across the track. Poor old Graeme had obviously had a similar incident to me except he hadn't been so lucky.
We got the Beemer back up on the vertical and turned around but unfortunately it had taken a big whack on the right hand side and the rocker cover had had a hole punched in it. After helping Graeme down his hill he very quickly headed back coasting where possible and keeping a sharp eye on his oil light. Another GS pilot tagged along behind to keep a close eye on him.
Well, right there the rest of us (with the exception of those DR cowboys that were well ahead) decided that the conditions were really against us and the best idea was to turn around and head for home. But first we had to deal to Graeme's Hill and find a place to turn around.
|One less rock to get in my way (Myles watching me)|
|DL conquering Graeme's Hill|
And I think that'll do it for Part One eh?