Once I'd loaded the bike I saddled up and rode out to Ashhurst where I was soon joined by four other brave souls (including two Colins). Our first stint took us through the gorge and then to the climb up to Whariti - unfortunately we never made it!
As I mentioned before it was fairly windy and further we climbed the hill the worse it got. I was in the lead and just before a tight right hander I got absolutely hammered by the wind. Rather than go on I stopped. Colin pulled up behind me and he too thought it was too bad to go on. The video below shows our ride up and then the efforts in turning big Adv bikes around on a steep hill in hurricane (well, I'm pretty sure of that) force winds...
This kinda sucked because this is the second time I've tried to go up Whariti on the DL and had to turn back because of the conditions. I have however ridden a road bike up there - my old GSX750F.
Back down the hill the team (minus one who had had enough of the weather) rode through Balance and over the track and then made our way down to Shannon. Here we pulled off the main road and headed for the hills.
I was really looking forward to this as I'd heard a bit about the "dams in behind Shannon". The dams are reservoirs for the small Hydro power station that you can see at the start of this video.
|There's a dam there somewhere|
|Dam No 2|
|Nice when the fog clears a bit|
Once back in Shannon it was time for a quick bite before saying goodbye to the guys and then battling the wind with Africa-Twin Colin back to Palmy.
Not the best conditions but still a great little ride. Definitely heading back to check out those dams again in better weather - should be some great views in clear conditions!
More pics here.