We had a quick 300KM trip "around the block" on Sunday, starting off with around eight bikes. The weather was fine but slightly chilly around Palmerston North. We stopped in Otaki for a lunch break at the Riverstone cafe.
Monday, 17 November 2014
Wairarapa Branch Xmas BBQ
Ararangi Camp, Paierau Road.
WEAR YOUR LOUDEST SHIRT...
BYO Drinks, chairs,
and a salad / sweet to share,
Club to supply meat and bread & condiments etc.
Secret Santa game...Lots of laughs...bring along a $5.00 gift. One for each person, kids included
as this game is for everyone.
Stay o/nite if you like...pitch a tent or stay in the accommodation on site...byo bedding.
Kicks off around 4ish.
You also get a free cooked brekky the next morning.
Monday, 10 November 2014
A great Labour weekend ride over Gentle Annie. For those who have not ridden this route it is a must. The weather was excellent and the accommodation and local eatery was great. The morning started clear and crisp.
The riding was pleasant right through to our first stop at the Tikikino Hotel where we met up with around eight members of the Hawkes Bay Ulysses. It was great to catch up with other Ulysses members, something we will aim to do more often.
On this trip we also had a little luxury travelling behind. Greg and Yvonne had tea and cake on board allowing for a pleasant afternoon tea in the valley before continuing on to Taihape.
For more photo's see here
We awoke to a cloudy Sunday. The long way home was decided and all minus one headed up to Waiouru, then down through Fields Track, through the Parapara's and stopped for lunch in Wanganui (or Whanganui of you prefer). From there a cruise home with a good breeze to contend with around Mount Bruce. All in all a good weekend's ride.
At our last Branch meeting Murray Pike from St Johns gave us a great talk on the topic of what we should do if we come across or are involved in an accident during our travels. Not only was the talk instructive it provoked good discussions on the way first aid response is changing and good practical advise on what we should do. Murray even took time to ensure our coordinator Nik was still with us.
We're pleased to state Nik will be with us for some time yet. Our thanks to Murray for both his time on the night and his dedication to service in the Wairarapa.
Saturday lunchtime I was at home so I decided to give the bike a quick check ready for the trip to Turangi the next morning. All was well until I went to check the tyre pressures and found the rear was almost flat. It had several pieces of packing staple stuck in it so was past repairing. Had to make quick call to Rex who managed to get into Langlands as they were locking up the doors for day and pick up a tyre for me.
Sunday morning and its misty, a good sign, it will burn off shortly and be a beautiful day. I headed up to the Farriers car park where I met Rex and we waited for the others to turn up, there were about eight of us due to go at last count.
8:40am and no one else had arrived so we took off, me leading and Rex tail end charley. We went over the Pahiatua track for some fun and then up through Ashhurst and over Vinegar Hill. We stopped in Taihape for a coffee and refuel. It had been around 9C all the way so a bit cool but not uncomfortable. Crossing the Desert Road it was a beautiful clear day and we got a great view of the peaks. There was one orange police car chasing people up and down but other than that it was a pretty clear run.
We arrived at Stump Bay just after 12:00 and they were already getting short on food, it had been a bigger turn out than expected so it was probably a good thing we didn’t have many numbers that day.
Sat in the sun eating sausages and smoked trout when suddenly Tony appeared on the scene, he had travelled up later due to completing the Capital 1000K the day before. Tony had brought his CBX1000 along for a run and it got all the attention it deserved in the car park.
After catching up with a few familiar faces we finished off the grub and had cup of tea and were back on the road again. Tony led on the CBX1000 and Rex and I just about managed to keep up with him along with a ute that was hell bent on trying to stay with us until we hit some traffic in the twisties and left him behind.
A great days riding with perfect weather and company !