Bandit Rider: Starbucks journey

Perhaps I ought to begin running a blog the odd journey once more…

Yeah, I’ve been driving fairly a bit these days and never posting a heck of loads so let’s have a look at if I can nonetheless string one thing collectively from yesterday’s wee galivant.

After the standard we gravel shortcut throughout Tararua Highway to Pahiatua, I caught 18L of fuel (took out a brand new mortgage) into the T7 and awaited the arrival of an 890.

Nicely, the 890 by no means arrived however a GSA did as apparently it did not have a flat tyre, just a few Shinkos that Colin is getting pretty determined to say sayonara to – they’re that good.

Leaving Pahiatua, we really retraced our steps a bit of to check out Ridge Highway Central simply throughout the railway strains by the large F’s Pahiatua plant.  This turned out to be a neat little gravel street that was in pretty quick situation.

We then wanted this to hook us again as much as our favorite roads to Eketahuna.  This concerned a little bit of seal to Mangamire after which again in the direction of Palmy on Tutaekara Highway.  Our favorite roads had been a little bit of a mixture with some very nice sections after which some nasty (I am speaking about you Cliff Highway) bits the place there was some deep stuff to slither round on.  I notably loved Quarry Highway which was quick and enjoyable.

Subsequent we had been into a brief stretch of good gravel on Mangaoranga Highway earlier than this too become lately graded marbles.  We even discovered the perpetrator and cursed it and it is pilot.

Bartons Line was extra of the identical earlier than we hit Route 52 and began making our means as much as our standard turn-off on Waihoki Valley Highway.  

This was additionally a bit of little bit of a mixture of deeper stuff earlier than really getting higher within the tighter and beforehand extra broken sections.  We additionally had a little bit of a shock after we circled one nook.

Three hinds had been in the midst of the street and instantly peeled out once they heard/noticed us.  We chased two up the street for some time and the third was apparently half mountain goat because it tore up a really steep slip face.  I used to be really nervous it could lose its footing and fall on me – I am choosing it could have gained that tussle fairly simply.  Anyway, they had been nice trying deer and I am positive could be good marinated with a aspect salad…

At Spur street, the street closed indicators had been gone so there was no sneaking required and street was really loads higher now that its had a dry out and some repairs.  There have been nonetheless a couple of humps and hollows to clamber out and in of however no mud to wallow in like final time.

The subsequent nice shock was that the little bit of Coast Highway that was within the river final time wasn’t.  The roading guys had performed an excellent job of smashing the street again open.  They’d left extra marbles behind although 😜

Coast Highway acquired us into Pongaroa for the standard lunch cease and the Starbucks rider lastly acquired a espresso.  We additionally caught up with a couple of different chaps we knew who turned up with the identical thought as us.  One in all them was Russell from the BRR days and it was good to see him out thrashing his trustworthy DR round.  We had been additionally surrounded by a crash (I feel that is what you name a bunch of sports activities bike riders) of Ducati’s and different sports activities bikes additionally out having fun with the great day.

Following lunch, the bloke with the shot Shinkos determined he’d had sufficient gravel (consider it or not) and we determined to go again by way of the seal to Pahiatua.  Nicely, that was a bit of journey…

We ran smack right into a howling gale.  I have been via right here plenty of occasions in excessive winds (I had a man’s bike blow over onto me on a Grand Problem and one other man was blown off the street as we watched) however I feel yesterday took the cake.  The poor wee T7 was blown foolish and I saved her a gear decrease in order that I all the time had some grunt accessible ought to I hit a wall of wind when turning a nook.  I undoubtedly acquired pushed round a bit and was glad to drop down out into Makuri and the marginally calmer situations.

The remainder of the journey was pretty uneventful and if 4 guys on Ducati’s say that they got the be taught on the monitor by a few journey bikes then do not consider a phrase they are saying.