Well, it wasn't raining in the morning and it didn't look too bad so I settled on the Tenere and hit the road early. North of Wanganui I discovered that while it wasn't raining, it was certainly blowing. Luckily I managed to stick to the road and even got to the party early without having gotten wet...
|Didn't manage to get any lollies though...|
In Stratford I fuelled up and then had to make a decision - head home the way I'd cme or stick to the plan and go for a pootle across the Forgotten Highway? Looking South it was fairly black, whereas looking East it was merely grey and threatening. I decided to chance it and go with the longer route across the FH.
After nearly getting clobbered by a twat in a Falcon in Stratford it was nice to get out of town and onto a fairly quiet road. My first stop was at the top of one of the saddles for a quick photo or two.
While parked there a camper piloted by some Brits warned me of a rock fall further on up the road. I must have heard them wrong as I thought they'd said a couple of minutes into the gravel section - more later...
About 30km in, I started to run into the odd short shower and the roads were wet and slippery at times - though the saddles were still fun. Had to stop for pics of the "new" bike in the republic though.
|Not sure where all the bikes were today...|
|Flash as public transport|
More corners, more rain and wet roads and I eventually was through to Tamarunu probably just before 6pm. Next, was the run down through National Park (more rain) and across to 'Kune. By now I was a little cold as I had got a little wet and wasn't sure what to do - I'd initially planned to ride down Turakina Valley as I'd never done it in the North-South direction or in low light...
Well, the weather had improved a little so I decided to try a little gravel. The first bit wasn't that much fun as the gravel was a bit deep and this slowed my progress a little. By the time I got to the end of it I'd had enough and was starting to feel a little peckish so pulled the pin and made for the bright lights of Taihape.
Rolling into Taihape it started to rain again and I decide to flag the stop and just make a bee-line for home and hope to escape too much wetness. After a slow cruise down SH1 and a blinking fuel warning, I turned off for the run over Vinegar Hill. Once again the roads were a bit wet in places, but hey, I was used to it now and enjoying myself.
|Pic of the day!|
|Nice one Tenere!|