After thinking about past rides and looking at maps on the computer I decided that I was going to head up the Pohangina Valley and ride the entire length of Ridge Road (BTW: GoogleMaps reckons this is impossible) and then loop back via Pohangina Valley West Road.
After topping up the DL with go juice I made my way out to Ashhurst and then to Pohangina township where I turned off to take in my first bit of gravel up Finnis Road.
It was a great little blast up the hill (careful not to scare the horse) and once you reach the top you can either carry on left on Finnis Road or veer right onto the start of Ridge Road - funnily enough I chose to go right.
And so began my little trip along Ridge Road. The gravel was in great nick and pretty much had the road to myself apart from two other adv riders coming the other way at one stage and the odd person out walking their dog. The scenery across the top of the "ridge" is fabulous as you get to look either side of the range and Pohangina Valley in particular is very scenic.
I've ridden Makoura Road a few times now and it's a great ride with some very fast gravel in places and a few other tighter, more tricky sections - it's great to have a bit of variety but I have to say I love being able to nail the big Vee and hook into the higher gears while on gravel.
Just after Makoura Lodge it was time to turn off Makoura Road and take Pohangina Valley West Road back to Pohangina and home.
More great gravel kept me concentrating all the way up the valley until a brief stop at the camping ground at Totara Reserve for a nosey. I even got to ride on some sand!
|Down by the river - mind the sand!|
All in all a very nice little pootle of around 140km but a lot of great gravel!
A few more pics here.