Today Brian and I rode out to meet up with Neil and Colin in Ashhurst for a bit of back road carving. Once again it was a cracker of a day even if a bit breezy at times.
In Ashhurst Brian got introduced to the two dodgy BRR riders and we all sat down (with a non-riding Graeme) for a coffee and a yak before our ride. Talk about easing into things...
From Ashhurst Neil led us out and onto Pohangina Valley East Road and we had a great ride to Umutoi where we paused to let out TEC catch up. I also got a nice surprise when Neil offered me a ride on his Speed Triple R. After thinking hard on it (yeah, right) we swapped rides and I skedaddled off on the Trumpy.
|Yes, I know, it has a weird number of cylinders...|
At point 'B' we stopped again and when Colin pulled in he had a really interesting story to tell us about his ride from Umutoi.
The three of us in the front had breezed past a ute towing a trailer. Upon that trailer was a cattle beast...The cattle beast was still on the trailer when we went past but as Colin approached it decided to fall off onto the road in front of Colin. He reckons he was in one of those positions where you don't know which way to go. Luckily for him, whether he made the decision or not, he managed to avoid hitting 300kg or so of beef! Hopefully he has since purchased a lotto ticket and some clean underwear.
Swapping back onto the Connie I settled in behind Neil again as we made our way through Apiti and on towards Rangiwahia. More great riding got us to the turn-off at Pemberton which took us away from Rangiwahia and to SH1 at Ohingaiti.
Turning left we made for Hunterville but not before taking in Kiekie and Murimotu Roads - well, Neil, Colin and I did anyway - Brian must like SH1 more than us and he carried straight on...
In Hunterville it was time to stop for a nice lunch and more yarning, bikes and riding seemed to be the topic of the day for some reason or other...
|Did that Kwaka rider hurt you baby?|
|One of these bikes has nearly 90,000km more than the other...|