Anyway I was determined to get a ride in so rather than check out the tyre I loaded up the DL and finally got on my way. First up I pootled over to Feilding and then made my way to Mangaweka via the Rangiwahia Road. The road was in good nick, the sun was out and I was having a ball!
From Mangaweka I settled down a bit for the cruise up to Waiouru and a quick fuel stop. I also picked up some Subway to take with me for a picnic lunch on the side of the road somewhere. Now it was time for Fields Track - I'd decided that I wanted to ride through here and get the track on video so I could show off some of the great scenery as you drop down the valley (see video two) and the day was just perfect for it.
Here's a geeky taste of Fields Track courtesy of Google Maps:
And now for some proper video (decided not to add music over the wind noise and DL whine):
After crossing that little bridge you get into some really great riding as you carve up the hill and then finally drop down that magnificent valley until you hit SH4 at the bottom.
Along the way I'd realised that I was riding an adventure bike and that meant that I had a few more options available to me for the ride home. I decided that it was time for me to tackle the Wanganui River Road - a road that I last did a long time ago on my RF900 (not exactly an awesome gravel muncher). But first it was time for that picnic lunch at the Ruakawa Falls.
|Not a Connie|
|Not much rain lately...|
Just after Pipriki I finally hit gravel as I continued to follow the river towards Wanganui. There are a few little settlements along the way but really not a lot of anything except for great scenery.
Eventually the gravel petered out and I was back on pretty good tar for the rest of the trip down river. It was actually good to be travelling a little faster as by now the day was fairly warm and so was I. There was still plenty to see and I ended up stopping quite a few times for photos of the great country (more pics here).
|That'll be the river then...|
|Hmmm, wonder where that goes...|
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