Riding any road. Tarmac, gravel or dirt.
The ride started at 9am on Saturday in Taupo, so a Friday evening trip down was required as Iím probably not the earliest of risers. Iíd managed to tempt Devil into doing the adventure ride, but he was so keen he left Auckland at 1530, already packed and fuelled. I was not so lucky, with a day of work to pile through, so left work at 1700 (still early for an average day) and headed home. I hadnít packed the previous night, so still had all that to do.
During the day Devil and I had
Iíd initially decided to have a reasonably early start around 0800 or something, but couldnít be arsed getting out of bed so took my time, eventually slouching through to the main diner area for some breakfast of cereal and fruit.
Having got the day off to the right start I left the Diner shortly after 1000, popped into Taupo for the dayís gas and got into the country around 1030, heading along SH5. First stop was a gravel dead end into the Kaimanawa Forest Park
My 4th trip since I started blogging, involving riding for work, sheís a hard life indeed. The usual drill that the boss was prepared to fly me down and that budget would be spent on riding down instead. Having a biker for a boss certainly makes it easy.
This trip was to sort out the move of a clientís branch office and install some VOIP phones for future development work, so what also made this trip easier was the capacity of the luggage to take several IP
An alarm at 0730Ö man I could have slept another couple of hours but itís not an option if I want to do more adventure riding. This time I packed everything up, chucked the panniers back on the bike, returned the key and headed into Taupo to re-fill the tank and have a quick breakfast. There was no cute chickie smashing her car into the pole this time (I reckon the 2 pumps are perfect for bikers) but an older guy in his nice shiny Merc was keen to give it a go.
I guided him
The ride had technically begun shortly after 9pm the previous evening, after finishing work and heading home to pack. A quick dinner, packing (really should have done it the previous night, to give me some extra time) and I was heading out of Auckland shortly after 9pm with an ETA of 0015. I got a real surprise while still passing through suburbia to see a guy in a camera van hunched over his equipment, with my lights showing every little detail.
The usual route south was reasonably
The alarm rings at 6am. Urgh, why did I set it this early again? I have to be out at Southhead by 9am, and it will take a little over an hour to get there. Mind you, I havenít yet packed the gear I would take.
Itís pouring with rain outside. Hardly an incentive to get out of bed I muse. I ride enough in all weather conditions that deliberately heading out for a fun ride in pouring rain holds no appeal whatsoever. Still, the system is meant to have passed over during the night and
Having not had my BMW since early March, I'm getting withdrawal symptoms (most, if not all, the parts have arrived, now they just have to repair). To tide myself over this difficult period, I've taken to looking at what additional parts I should fit (coz I don't have nearly enough).
Sometime this afternoon, I downloaded the 2011 Twisted Throttle catalogue: http://www.twistedthrottle.com/article/static/211/1/5/ My memory is vague, but I appear to have lost several hours in the 236
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