- Bike: BMW R80 G/S, R100GS & M72 Sidecar, Gilera Runner ST200
44th Cold Kiwi – 2019. Part Three
Clear night meant a cold crisp morning. Not so much a frost, as sheets of ice on the tents. Slept better Saturday night. The rum helped, but also someone dealt to the idiot bike thrashers, & I was better prepared & warmer in my tent.
Brilliant sunrise, & the mountain was pearly white just over the hill.
Sausages, eggs & chips for breakfast. Very nice, if not that healthy.
Easy pack up (just pretty much throw stuff in the chair, sort it out at home).
Ken, MD, & I were joined by Jan, on his K100LT. Into Waiouru for gas, then rip down Turakina Valley Rd (gravel).
To Kaka Rd (gravel), Koeke Rd (sealed but winding), across to Tiriraukawa Rd (sealed), which runs into Watershed Rd (most excellent Gravel). Jan may have had a brown trousers moment when chunky gravel appeared as a fix to some of the damage logging trucks had made on that road – or he could have just been pulling over for me. Yeah, right.
Right onto Kiekie Rd, as a backroad to Hunterville. Decided to stop at the Alex Simpson Scenic Reserve for a brew up & quick lunch. Quite a pleasant place, but had more of the cockatoos screeching over head there.
The others split from me there, to head home – MD & Ken heading down SH1, & Jan down Vineger Hill Rd. I’d not had enough, however, & decided to head round Sandon Block Rd (more logging truck damage in there).
Then across to Peep’o’day Rd, & through Kimbolton.
Visited mum & dad for a bit at PNth, then hit the main road at 4.00pm aiming to be home at 5.30 -6.00 – before the light went. Unfortunately hadn’t counted on congestion before Otaki, & after Raumati – which resulted in a slow 3 hr trip. Bugger, might have mucked up on timing a bit…