We met up in Ashhurst and cruised through the gorge before taking the usual back roads through to Dannevirke.
|Not a bad day for it|
|Lloyd waiting while we decide if we're at the right turn-off|
|"You shall not pass! I have a hi-viz!"|
From Weber to Wimbledon the road has suffered a lot of damage over the years and there are slumps in the road, pot holes and just plain bumpy bits of road to contend with. This makes it a bit of a challenge but a good ride all the same. Unfortunately there was one slight little incident that meant some of us were waiting and wondering for a bit but luckily no real harm done.
Out next little squirt was up to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (always like to chuck that name in). Here's Lloyd harassing a poor old V-Strom:
From Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (tee hee) it was just a short squirt to Porangahau and then on up to Waipuk for fuel and a drink.
Our route home mainly took us back down boring old SH2 but at Oringi I had had enough and led Lloyd and Dave on a quick detour through Jackson and Hopelands Road and then onto Woodville.
Somewhere just before the gorge my jacket sleeve blew open and a piece of my armour blew out. I noticed the sleeve but not the armour so I was lucky that Lloyd spotted it and went back for it - good stuff.
I got home just before 6 after a nice little ride of nearly 300km - I little warm up for next Saturday's slightly longer excursion...