It was time for the Tenere to have a little birthday present (slightly late) in the form of some fresh oil (donk and diff) and filter. The apprentice was no help whatsoever - climbing all over me while I removing the bash pad and chewing on my ear was not as much help as you might imagine - but I seemed to get the job done ok.
|A souvenir from the South Island|
My first bit of gravel was an old favourite on Pohangina Road and all the rain we've been having had settled the road down nicely. It's generally a really fast and fun bit of road but corrugations are starting to form on the climb out of some of the corners - only a matter of time before someone dumps more gravel down.
There was a bit more tar work after the Totara Reserve turn-off before once again climbing up a bit on some nice gravel.
And then there was a surprise in store for me. Rather than a rough gravel climb back up the hill, someone had been through and sealed the road! Spoil-sports! They'd even carried on a fair way across what was once a really cool, fast gravel section. Luckily they'd left one last short section that I could have a little play on.
Nearing Apiti I discovered some weather so instead of returning home via Ridge Road as planned, I decided to cut the ride short, wimp out and take the sealed route home via Kimbolton.
Luckily, I out ran the weather a little and it stopped being quite so damp not far out of Apiti and the run through to Kimbolton was pretty good.
The rest of the ride home was fairly uneventful, just the odd spit and nothing to really complain about.
Home by 3pm and into a coffee after a nice little squirt on a reasonable winter afternoon...fire on soon...