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Eddie’s post Christmas 2014 2 day ride

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  • #5564
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    It will be a week or so before I get some pics up probably but someone was asking what route I took from Hamilton to Awakino so here that section of my ride is.

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    #5566
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Well bugger, that didn’t work.

    Anyway, I had a need to get away for a ride and wanted to capture some new rides for the website.

    Christmas day I packed up the bike and decided on a direction from Hamilton based on where there wasn’t like to be much traffic, South West it was to be.

    Boxing day morning and I was off, until I got to Frankton where I discovered my oil cap had blown out somewhere, I’d been working on the bike right up to New Years eve giving it a huge birthday and I can only assume I didn’t tighten the cap up properly. Oil had spewed everywhere up the right side of the bike and was continuing to blow out so I rode home again with my boot over the exposed oil filler hole.
    We have a garage full of Suzuki’s so the son’s GN250 made the required sacrifice and I was on my way again. @nordieboy, do you have a oil filler cap in the emporium? Suzuki NZ don’t have any and can’t get one for several weeks, I could also get a bling one if the RMZ450 uses the same plug, I’ve enquired http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/motorbikes/parts-for-sale/exhaust/auction-826636673.htm.

    First stop was Pirongia West Road, a new one for me. Pirongia West Road offers huge views over Kawhia Harbour and the surrounding countryside and was a great find for another Waikato ride.

    At the end of Pirongia West Road it’s a short run down to SH31 where you come out right besides the Oparau Roadhouse, a handy fuel stop.

    The bike fence opposite the Oparau Roadhouse

    #5569
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    After gassing up, a couple km’s inland on SH31 bought me to Harbour road, which later turned into Kawhia Harbour Road. I still also enjoy road riding and this was a fun road with lots of corners. I was blown away when I got down to Kawhia Harbour about how stunning it was, the views over the water were fantastic, unfortunately the road was too narrow to stop for a pic.

    At the end of Kawhia Harbour road it was left into Te Waitere Road and at the end of that left again into Taharoa Road, followed by a right into Marakopa Road whch funnily enough takes you to Marokopa where I stopped for a burger at the store/takeaway/library, all of which was jammed into 2 rooms the sum total of which might have added up to an average bathroom in size.

    Marakopa

    #5573
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Mangatoa Road

    Continuing to head South I took Mangatoa Road until I came to a 3 way junction where I chose to follow my nose, this took me over the tight and twisty Pomarangai Road, another fun ride.

    You know any road signposted like this is going to be an interesting road

    Pomerangai Road

    Reaching the far end of Pomarangi Road I realised I had taken a wrong turn so had to back track the way I had came, such a trial to have to ride such a get road again, however this is where my day went a little askew…..

    #5578
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Due to a vehicle coming the opposite way on a tight right hand corner, and as the road was so narrow he took up all of it. As soon as I touched the brakes the front wheel locked and slid out and down the heavy camber, pitching me onto the ground and the bikes front wheel ended up jammed under the front of the car.

    There doesn’t seem to be any real damage to the bike apart from some new scratches and the forks being twisted in the clamps and not a lot of visible damage to the car, but a stone guard behind the front bumper was torn off and possibly a few plastic mountings for the front bumper.

    #5580
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    After swapping details and a quick check of the bike it was off again with the next stop being Waikawau beach. Access to the beach is via a hand carved tunnel built in the 1800’s to transport sheep to boats in the harbour. You can ride through the tunnel and onto the beach but I didn’t today as there were quite a few people around.

    Waikawau tunnel

    Inside the tunnel

    Waikawau beach

    Beach access, it can be a bit dodgy and is harder than it looks

    #5585
    NordieBoy
    Participant
    • Bike: DR650
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Boxing day morning and I was off, until I got to Frankton where I discovered my oil cap had blown out somewhere, I’d been working on the bike right up to New Years eve giving it a huge birthday and I can only assume I didn’t tighten the cap up properly. Oil had spewed everywhere up the right side of the bike and was continuing to blow out so I rode home again with my boot over the exposed oil filler hole.
    We have a garage full of Suzuki’s so the son’s GN250 made the required sacrifice and I was on my way again. @nordieboy, do you have a oil filler cap in the emporium?

    Should have one on the grenaded engine. I’ll have a look (it’s at the Olde Emporium).

    #5586
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    The day was getting on so it was time to find a spot to camp. I have an app on my phone that will give directions to the nearest DOC campsite to your location (NZ DOC Finder on Android) but that didn’t turn up anything closer than about 90 km away.

    After gassing up just out of Awakino I headed up Taumatamaire Road hoping to find something and 6km in I was rewarded with a nice spot elevated from the road and hidden from view by the combination of height, a small depression and thigh high grass. Camp was set up and dehydrated curry put on the boil.

    Taumatamaire Road

    The campsite and the view behind the tent

    Dinners on

    The sun setting over the Tasman Sea in front of the tent, the lights of New Plymouth could be seen twinkling under the distant hills in the center of the photo after the sun set.

    #5597
    Keith Fenwick
    Participant
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    Nice roads – I drove from Raglan to Kawhia yesterday through Te Mata and the Raglan Kawhia Road- can’t wait to do that trip on a bike sooner rather than later.

    #5601
    Sharn
    Participant
    • Bike: WR250R
    • Rank: 800cc Rider

    Nice report Eddie. I’ve been wanting to do this route for ages, looks a goodun.

    #5603
    Removed User
    Member
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Nice stuff mate…

    #5611
    James Williams
    Participant
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Good work Eddie.
    Some of those road names seem familiar from earlier this year.

    #5613
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I’m off to Smugglers Cove and Fletchers Bay up the Coromandel for 5 days, in the car with the family this time. Day 2 will be done when I get back.

    #5627
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    The next morning I packed up and headed on up Taumatamaire Road. The campsite had been great, only 1 vehicle went past in the 14 or so hours I was there and that was 5 minutes before I left. They couldn’t see me anyway.

    Looking down into hidden valleys on Taumatamaire Road

    Back onto SH3 at the end of Taumatamaire Road and a couple of km’s north I turned South again through Aria and onto Waitewhena Road.

    Waitewhena Road comes out at it’s South End just North of Ohura, one a thriving mining community and now almost abandoned. The only shops were 2nd hand junk shops opposite each other, it’s wide main street with 20 foot median strip a line of boarded up buildings.

    #5632
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    From Ohura Huia Road which turns into Roto Road took me through to Otanui.

    Huia Road

    Roto Road

    A left at the end of Roto Road and then the first left after that brought me onto Kururau Road.

    Otanui

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