Three quarters of an hour later I heard a boxer coming up the road and it buttoned off just before my driveway. A small, vicious brown dog went out to investigate while I looked for some footwear, socks seemed to work...
Yes, there was a GS in the driveway and once the rider had dismounted and got a coffee in him I discovered that we were going for a ride. It was fairly nice out and I happened to have a silver bike in the shed which sorely needed some exercise so I was all out of excuses...
Leaving Palmy, we rode across to Bulls where some go-juice was purchased before two riders inhaled various pastry covered treats (and some rice bubble cake). That important job done we were off.
Just for a change we decided a little bit Turakina Valley was in order before making our way across to Hunterville. The reasonably newly sealed section of Turakina Valley Road was a little interesting on the Connie - a little slide had me pulling my head in a tad.
Riding across to Hunterville was accomplished without any other dramas although being winter there were plenty of slippery bits and some crap on the road. Nearing Hunterville it got quite a bit cooler and the road was really wet - a shower had obviously just gone through.
A short bit of SH1 got us to Ohingaiti where we turned off onto more wet roads through to Pemberton. Stopping for a mo, we both admitted that the heated grips had been put into service too.
|Nice pile of gravel...|