Bandit Rider: Incomes a burger

The Thursday cellphone name usually begins with “it is ages since we went for a trip”.  Effectively, this time it was doubly true because the cellphone name was on Wednesday night time…Colin wanted a trip on his 890 and I used to be lifeless eager on getting the T7 out too – I had new rubber to strive!

Mitas E-08, mmmmmm…

After giving my arm that light twist, we then needed to determine on a “the place”.  We ended up deciding on a wee jaunt out East to take a look at how a few of our favorite roads had fared throughout Cyclone Gabrielle.  Spoiler alert: they received hammered.

Leaving my place on Saturday morning we had a fast squirt over the monitor earlier than making an attempt out that new tyre on the little little bit of gravel on Tararua Street – our traditional gravel warm-up when heading over that manner.  Subsequent up was a fast cease in Pahiatua for gasoline after which we have been off aiming for our subsequent little bit of gravel on Pori Street.

So, the decision on Pori Street was that it was all good and as you’ll be able to see from the video, we had a number of enjoyable crossing over to Route 52 on it.  Checkout the cruiser just a few seconds into the video – I hope he loved it as a lot as us.

Out on 52, it was a brief little bit of seal earlier than the turn-off onto Waihoki Valley Street.  That is at all times an important run and is usually fairly quick however there was particular indicators of injury round and a good bit of steel had been unfold over a muddy floor which made issues attention-grabbing.  

I had one wee second getting into a sluggish proper hander the place a dozer had been working and ended up having to gasoline it out of a very mushy “gap” within the street.  Some sneaky bugger on a KTM weaseled his well beyond laughing like a madman too…

Onto Huia Street and issues have been principally higher however there have been positively the odd muddy bits, the type the place you’ll be able to’t inform how slippery it’s till you are proper in it.  Typically no difficulty, different instances somewhat little bit of dancing round.  The wood bridges wanted to be handled with a little bit of respect as nicely.

Subsequent up was Spur Street which had some cones out to place us off however we snuck round them to take a look at one in all our favourites.  There’s bits of this street that actually have gotten a bit broken on account of climate and logging vehicles up to now so we have been positively anticipating extra of the identical and I used to be mentally making ready myself for having to show round a tall bike in a dodgy place…

I needn’t have frightened although.  Sure, the street was worse with washouts and slips and one fairly mucky part however each of the bikes dealt with it fairly simply.  I do not know the way a lot distinction the brand new rubber was making however I used to be glad to have the extra aggressive tyre on I suppose it made me somewhat extra assured.

This is some video of it, beginning on Huia Street.  You possibly can skip to eight:34 for the beginning of Spur Street and to 18:05 to see a nervous me within the mud.

Time for some photos too:

Dropping off Spur and onto Marainaga Street (fairly good situation) we hit a muddy intersection at Coast Street and one other cordoned off street.  Once more we snuck round to go for a wee peak and have been instantly in a reasonably boggy bit the place usually it’s a exhausting and quick gravel street.

However that wasn’t the tip of it, the tip was simply up the street by a wee slip.  And simply previous that wee slip was a giant slip, nicely, your complete street had slipped into the river and it was a case of “you shall not cross”.

As assured as we have been, we determined towards making an attempt it…

And so we circled to deal with the mud once more the place somebody was positively feeling assured – for some time…




Sure, the orange bike was caught and nowhere within the settings did it have a “dig myself out of the mud” mode.  That left us to the job – it was nice enjoyable…

After making an attempt to yank it out backwards at 0.0001km/hr we ultimately lent it over onto its aspect and lifted the rear wheel out first adopted by the entrance, Some cautious manoeuvring again after which light coaxing again into the muddy rut (that the T7 discovered simpler than Colins lavatory) and she or he was out.

Outta right here!

After that little bit of train it was getting on and we wanted tucker – and to by some means get again to Pongaroa.  In a good bathe we rode pretty quietly by to Akitio simply in case we hit some extra dangerous street injury.  There definitely was loads of proof round but it surely wasn’t till we had gone by Akitio and midway again to Route 52 that we hit the subsequent diversion.

All the best way on the market had been indicators of some nice work by the roading guys to open up the roads for the locals.  Fast little cuts into the hill and a few gravel to assist individuals get previous locations the place the street was simply gone and naturally indicators of slip clearing in all places.  I used to be amazed that the bridges have been okay, the land main as much as them had been badly scoured out proper as much as and after the bridges.  They should have constructed them proper the primary time.

That subsequent diversion was a fast little nip up what might have been a farm street at one stage to get round some main works the place a very huge slip had come down and greater than probably (except Glenora and Esdaile Roads have been okay) lower off the Akitio group.  One once more, the roading guys are doing nice work – they have a whole East Coast to type out…

Not too lengthy after this we lastly discovered our manner into Pongaroa and the welcoming pub.  By now it was practically 2pm and we have been prepared for a chunk – that Kiwi Burger was the very best!

After our late lunch we determined that we might had sufficient thrilling using so after a short gravel loop that takes you the good distance from Pongaroa to Pahiatua-Pongaroa Street, we began our cruise house.  Another squirt of gravel on Millers Street after which Colin went a technique and I the opposite to return our soiled horses to their stables.

One heckofa good journey!