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Dave Young
  • Town/City: New Plymouth District
  • Bike: KLX150L, R1200GS
  • Rank: 1200cc Rider

Today I armed myself with a saw and cleared the track of fallen manuka as seen in the video by @daniel_fisher . I did the damp and slippery Old Road as a solo ride on my Kawasaki KLX150L with a well worn 80/20 Avon Trailrider tyre on the rear wheel starting from the Bridge to Somewhere (Aotuhia) and ending at the Whangamomona Hotel. Daniel mentioned a couple of holes that swallowed bikes and I encountered them too. One lies in wait at the 3 km mark and the last really narly one at the last tunnel heading north. The punga logs are sunken/broken and a real hindrance in making way past the tunnel end so be prepared to take some time to scope out a good line through the quagmire.