Yod had just got fresh rubber on his 'bird and was itching to put it to the test and retrace a route a group of us took a couple of winters ago. He had a wee bit of trouble drumming up some keen bikers to join him so he had to put up with me on a Connie with some pretty tired PR3's.
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The day started out a bit dodgy for me - I checked my front tyre pressure before leaving home (the front had gone flat on me a couple of weeks previously) and it was fine but on riding up the rode the TPS system let me know that the rear was down a bit. No problem, there's a compressor at the gas station where we were meeting. I get there and their fitting simply will not fit the bike. No problem, I've got my mini compressor with me. Plug it in, it fires for a second and dies...damn! After a quick head scratch I decided to check the accessory fuse - sure enough, blown!. I fit the spare and sort the tyre out before joining Yod in filling up with gas.
After a bit of a chat and a wait in case anyone else decided to join us, we hit the road. First up Yod led the way through to Feilding, Marton and through Wanganui. The air was still pretty chilly but the day was clear and sunny with no breeze - simply perfect riding conditions. With the conditions so perfect we could see for miles and could easily see Egmont/Taranaki and Ruapehu with just the turn of the head.
Just South of Hawera I took the lead to show Yod my little bypass and this had us heading straight at Mt Egmont. Back out onto SH3 and soon the mountain got the better of me - I just had to stop to get a picture.
|That volcano again (South of Awakino)|
But it didn't really matter we'd had a great day out and a clocked up a very mint 690km in perfect conditions!
A few more pics here.