Sunday, July 14, 2019

A long time ago...

Or perhaps it was last weekend...I went for a ride, and have only now gotten around to blogging it...


Last Sunday Colin came up on Judas late in the morning and needing a ride.  It wasn't the nicest day but at least it wasn't raining or blowing its guts out so off we went up to Taihape.

The ride up was all on seal - a quick flick over a dampish Vinegar Hill and then straight up SH1 soon had us parked up in front of the Soul Cafe and tucking into something warm.

While there, I messaged Glen who is just up the road and still recovering from a trail bike vs slippery tar incident, and he was working in his shop so we popped down to see him.  Good to see him vertical and working on one of his projects.

We finally got away from there around 2pm and made our way across the Napier-Taihape as far as the turn-off to Mangaohane Road.  My lying temperature gauge had been reading a nice and comfy 8 degrees but somehow it didn't feel like it to me.  Colin confirmed my suspicions, saying that he'd been seeing lower than 3 and had ice warnings and things coming up on the dash.  Instantly I felt colder..

No snow and not quite snowing...

Now we were finally onto the gravel and while there was a little deep stuff as we got going, it soon changed to some pretty fast and fun stuff.  Just a few slippery bits where there was exposed clay.

I wonder who left those marks on the road?

Who dat?
Next up was Pukeokahu Road which was more of the same good gravel but just a little tighter and slower through to Taoroa Junction.

Those signs that Adv bike riders live for

A wee slip must have made this mess

There's that bike again
And that was it for the gravel.  We had about 15km of slippery back roads to get out to SH1 again and then another trip across a much slipperier Vinegar Hill and into Feilding for a cuppa with Dad.  We even found some rain just out of Feilding.

Plenty of room

A fun little ride but fairly chilly - especially the ride home from Feilding at about 5:30ish.  Glad to get the fire on when I got in!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

IBA Awesomeness

So, a few days ago the 2019 Iron Butt Rally finished and it's been really neat to watch all the posts on their Facebook page.  There are also daily reports and finishing stats available on the IBA Website here.

And there was also big news this year.  A mad woman (and I mean that with the hugest respect) won the event!  And man did she cover some ground: 12,998 miles in 11 days on her FJR.  Now that is impressive!  A bit much for this little black duck...

Full scorecard

If you're interested in all this madness then I highly recommend you checkout the IBA website and I'll leave you with this cool link - it's an animation showing the travels of all the competitors.  Very trick!

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Quiet weekend

This past weekend I pretty much stayed around home doing chores and wasting time on the internet...

The Tenere sorely needs a run but it also needs a fork seal, this meant I missed out on an Adventure ride with Colin and the TSS crew. 

Sunday was actually a really nice day so I just had to do something.  I'd been given a bit of grief on the Tagorama thread - something about too much time farkling vs riding.  Not sure if this is quite true through but as I already had a picture of the Tenere at the site of the tag I decided that a stand-in was required.

The little bike is a lot of fun around town but I have to say, the knobblies are not that confidence inspiring on the road.  Gravel, mud and sand and they're mint, but not a lot of that sort of riding within the city limits...

But I did get to check out the new short-cut to work for my new tag.

Fabulous ride of almost yeah, less than a litre of fuel...

Monday, June 24, 2019

Solstice Ride

So, as mentioned in the last blog, Chris was at it again, riding yet another Saddlesore 1000 for charity.  This time around he had his wife Stella on the back and a mate Luke to join him in his mid-winter madness.  Colin and I approve of this sort of madness and decided to crash the party for just a couple of hundred kms of their ride.  We made plans to meet them in Bulls and ride through to Napier with them.

Our ride over to Bulls was uneventful except for being passed by some scumbags with patches on their backs and absolutely no respect for any other road users.  What made it worse was that their support vehicle also drove similarly and was practically running oncoming traffic of the road.  Over coffee in Bulls, Colin and I both came up with some imaginative ways of sorting out this sort of problem...

While we were getting the caffeine levels up to an acceptable level we got a couple of progress reports from Chris and kept an eye on his Spotwalla page.  Eventually the team turned up for their quick fuel stop.

Racing pitstop

Colin & Stella supervising

Luke filling the mighty 14
Photos taken, Colin and I hustled into our gear so we didn't hold things up and we were soon on the road and then promptly caught up in some slow moving traffic (you may need to open a bigger version of the picture).

After a quiet pootle across to Ashhurst it was time for a trip across the Saddle into the Hawkes Bay.


Next up was the cruise up SH2 to Waipawa which was about smack on the half way mark (800km) for the guys and they needed some pics :)

Colin really needs a Kawasaki...

Important documenting complete we hit the road again - next stop Bay View.

Here's a little video from the trip up.

Bay View was where Colin and I chickened out and said our goodbyes as the team got ready to hit the wonderful Napier-Wairoa Road.

Still keen as mustard!

Yes, that ZX-14 sounds nice...
Colin and I grabbed a drink and a snack while we figured out how we were going to get back.  I ended up tucking in behind the GSA for a trip down SH50.  We like SH50...

A quick fuel stop in Dannevirke and then I took over the lead to take Colin through some more fun back roads to Pahiatua and then a blast over the track to finish.

Superb winter's day

Sun getting lower on the shortest day
I got home just before five and the fire was lit before getting all of my gear off or even putting the bike away - it was definitely cooling off.  Chris and Co still had a good 5 or 6 hours to go...

But, the great news is that the team all got home safe and sound (Luke even picked up the milk he had promised his partner...And they managed to raise over $1800 for their favourite charity - top work guys!