I meet them and Meanie's pillion Jordan in town and we waste no time getting on our way just before 5. It's cool and calm conditions as we make our way South and by half five the skies are starting to get brighter. I love riding early in the morning but the early starts are another story...
We had a nice quiet ride down to Paekakariki and over the hill to Upper Hutt, arriving at C1KC HQ at about 6:30 with a 150km head start on everyone else.
|Monie, Meanie and Jordan (Moe?)|
From Featherston we had a quiet cruise up to Masterton where we took the bypass and then kept off SH2 by turning off and making for Mauriceville, our first compulsory photo stop.
|Some serious machinery!|
|Te Apiti Windfarm|
Our next stop was definitely unplanned when we came across an accident and to our shock it was one of the C1KC riders. Meanie and I helped Steve get the bike off the road while Monie helped out with the rider. He was certainly suffering from some shock and very sore but it was great to see that he was not seriously injured. An ambulance eventually arrived from Taihape and loaded him up for a short drive to a helicopter.
|An unpleasant pause|
It was great to finally get moving again and I had a great ride across the Desert Road following Meanie. Things were definitely hotting up though, Meanie was leaving tracks through the hot tar and was looking forward to our next stop in Turangi.
|Turangi - lunch break!|
After lunch it was time to pop over the hill to Tamarunui for a trip through the King Country. You see the strangest things on the road...
|For the Ural fans|
From Taumarunui we made our way North on SH4 following Steve before turning off on Ramaroa Road to take in some back roads to Aria.
|Tunnel in the Awakino Gorge|
|Another compulsory photo stop|
|Oh look! Another tunnel!|
Time for a slideshow: As you may have noticed there's a few on-board pictures above. I had the GoPro in photo mode from Turangi until the battery ran out just South of New Plymouth. So here's all 1,300 pictures nailed together for your amusement.
Our quiet pootle around the 'naki was only interrupted by one more compulsory stop in Pungarehu.
From Pungarehu we carried on cruising our way home although by now there were a few sore bikers as we all were using any slow bit to stand up or otherwise stretch legs and other things.
Our route followed the main road most of the way home until Turakina where we turned off and rode through to Halcombe and then Feilding. In Feilding we stopped and I gave the gang their badges and certificates (having been given them in the Hutt in the morning) and we said our goodbyes after a fantastic day out on the bikes!