Leaving home I decided to pass on the Saddle and take the Pahiatua Track and some other back roads through to Oringi and try and get some photos with the GoPro.
|Coming down the Pahiatua Truck|
From Pahiatua I made my way through Magatainoka but then turned off onto Bluff Road and then Jackson Road through to Oringi. This is a nice ride although as you can see from the slideshow/video the sun was quite low which made guessing which way the road went a bit trickier. I'll have to do this again sometime because it really is a great little diversion.
Somewhere along here the battery ran out on the GoPro ran out but I only discovered this when I stopped in Danniverke for fuel. The rest of the ride up SH2 and then SH50 was uneventful but enjoyable and the day got nicer and nicer the further I went. I was quite glad to pull up at the old's place and take my gear off as I got quite warm with all my liners in on such a nice day.
While in Napier I managed to feed myself and help Dad set up his stereo, DVD and TV. He'd had a bit of trouble getting the DVD to go but after sorting out the spaghetti factory of wires we soon had the DVD playing "On any Sunday" (it needed testing after all) while we tidied everything up and got down to enjoying lunch. I also popped the GoPro on charge for the return trip.
As I was getting ready to leave the weather was definitely changing the nice sunny day had cooled off noticeably and I was pretty sure that I'd run into some cloud moisture on the way home. I wasn't wrong - the first drops began falling on me just as I was nearing Omahu. From there on the rain was on and off, sometimes just light but other times a bit heavier. The road also varied from dry to mildly moist, wet and slippery.
|One of my favourite corners on SH50|
|Ah, isn't that nice!|
|My muddy visor was a lot worse than this!|
Not a bad day splashing around in the rain!