With the promise of some recently graded gravel (dagnabbit) a few of the guys lowered their tyre pressures prior to leaving Ashhurst. This caused our first wee stop when one of the riders discovered he'd let just a little too much air out - my little compressor soon had that sorted and while this was going on we were joined by Barry who must have had a broken watch...
|Barry a little later in the day|
Next we turned right for the quick trip to Pohangina Valley East Road to sample some tar before turning off onto the gravel of Umutoi North Road and Tunipo Roads. I'd never been through here before and I have to say it was a neat ride with some good views followed by a descent back onto Pohangina Valley East Road. (BTW: not too much video today as I wasn't happy with the results from the mounting position I used).
Back on the tar again and instead of turning left into Apiti we turned right to take us on familiar ground to Rangiwahia via Main South Road. Recent road works through here are slowly starting to decrease the amount of gravel you have to ride but it's still a good ride especially when dropping down into the valleys and crossing the river. In Rangiwahia it was time for another stop for a drink of water - the temperature was definitely getting on the warm side.
|A good thing we didn't need fuel...|
By now it was well after twelve and we still had a way to go to reach our lunch stop in Apiti. We carried on taking in as much gravel as possible. Waituna Tapuae Road, Levett Line, Mc Beth Road and Juntion Road all offered good gravel and a lot of fun!
The last leg of the ride was to take Ridge Road, Finnis Road and Zig Zag Road back towards Colyton and home. Leaving Apiti I had a bit of excitement when a bee hit my helmet and splattered it's innards over my cheek, there was even goop in my eye - yuck! At a later stop I even discovered that the poor old bee was still alive when I heard a buzzing noise and took my helmet off to find his front half wedged under the edge of my visor - his last ride had been fairly exciting...
Out on the tar at Valley road we parked up and said our goodbyes before splitting up to each make our way home. The first BRR ride of the year was a goodee!
More pics here.