|Brand spanker's with zero farkles...|
On Thursday I needed to make my decision as I had to book the hairy one into some luxury accommodation or not. The weather forecast that night suggested fine on the West Coast on Saturday and then again on the East Coast on Sunday. Well, that looked ok and also firmed up my plan by giving me a clockwise direction for a quick blat around the island. Friday night saw me dropping the pooch off and packing my bags.
As predicted (accurately for a change), Saturday turned out to be a bit of a cracker and after filling the bike up I was pointing North West just before 9am (not a sleep in, just giving the frost some time to thaw).
|Time to put a few more on there...|
|Busy road with no parking spaces...|
|Yep, dangerously busy...|
|"Go straight until you hit the volcano..."|
|Count the farkles now...|
|Who's hungriest? I win...|
After a nice and reasonably priced lunch I filled up with some not so nicely priced gas and carried on along my way. I had meant to start the GoPro for the ride over Mount Messenger but forgot how soon you hit it so no pics or video of that smashing wee ride.
A little annoyed with myself I pulled into a rest area just before Mokau to kick it into life and grab a few more snaps.
|That's right, park in the shade - doh!|
|Land of the Long White ????|
|That mountain is still there...|
|Where are all the corners?|
|Oh, that's better!|
|Hole in the rock.|
By now I was wondering "where to next?" I had Rotorua in the back of my mind as some sort of destination for the night, but the big question "was which was to go?" Nearing 8 mile junction I decided that I didn't want to go into Te Kuiti and decided to head across to SH30 and the neat ride through to Bennydale, Whakamaru, Atiamuri and eventually Rotorua.
Once again it was a lovely ride in great conditions with only the odd section where the road was damp (it'll be dry by summer). Very little traffic too.
|Follow that straight ole line...|
|Go East young man|
|Cheap fuel is the best kind!|
|Sun, water, The Bike|
|Yeah, Lake would look better with a Connie parked in front of it...|