The world famous MMMMM Ride is on again 28-29 July
Register on the calendar here: http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/ca...&day=2012-7-28
The ride will kick off from the Rangitaiki Tavern on the Napier-Taupo Rd Saturday morning at 8am sharp. There is food, beer, basic cabins & camping there for those who want to arrive Friday night. Phone them on 07 384 2803 to book yourself a bed.
More comfy accomodation, & extra bunks are also available 5km back down the road towards Taupo at the Rangitaiki Lodge. They have a couple of nice motel units, some tidy cabins & a bunkhouse. Call them on 07 384 2800 to book. As the Lodge bar usually closes at 8 the main Friday night gathering/meal/beers will be back at the pub.
8am Saturday we will leave the Pub & head North along the Waipunga Rd. The washed out crossing is now an easy ford doable on any adv bike. We will use the cornerman system through the forest to Minginui. Weather & time permitting there will be an optional short challenge section for those with light bikes & decent tyres.
If anyone wants to join in at Minginui be at the Minginui Road turnoff on SH38 at 9:30am. We will stop in at the Waikaremoana Motor Camp for a coffee & fuel.
We will then continue on from Waikaremoana, to Wairoa (if you need gas), Tiniroto Pub for some refreshments & a few backroads to Matawai. I will post up a route sheet & GPS tracks so people can do their own pace Minginui - Matawai & have the choice of bypassing Wairoa on backroads if time & fuel range permits. You need 230km fuel range to bypass Wairoa. I'm adding in another easy gravel optional section after Tiniroto for those making good time too.
At Matawai the pub is now booked out, but the campground over the road has heaps of bunks, ph 06 867 5016 or 027 445 8755, or this place: http://www.nzstays.co.nz/East-cape-r...tage-6061.aspx 15km away. The pub does dinner, they might do a buffet this year to cut down the wait for a meal, watch this space for details.
On the Sunday we'll head out to Matawai then off down the Motu Rd to Opotiki, From there the route is routesheeted again via some highway & a few more backroads back to my place at Rotoiti.
Any trailer scum planning to attend are welcome to drop their car & trailer at my place for the weekend.
Remember this is a MIDWINTER ride. Based on previous MMMMM rides there is a 100% chance it will rain, a 50% chance of snow, an 80% chance it will be bloody cold & a 100% chance that all those mad enough to do the whole ride will have lots of fun. The main route is all tar & gravel roads, nothing technical, do able on any adventure bike with any tyres. Some of the gravel is often fairly rough & muddy though so you will enjoy the ride more with some knobbyish rubber, particularly if you are a n00b or on a bigger bike.
Taupo - Rangitaiki Pub - 35 km (no fuel)
Rangitaiki Pub - Minginui - 75km (no fuel)
Minginui - Waikaremoana 70km (thats 180km from Taupo - pack extra gas if you've got a small tank)
Waikaremoana - Wairoa 60km (Waikaremoana - Matawai on Ohuka Rd etc 230km)
Wairoa - Matawai 180km
Matawai - Opotiki 75km
Safety: This ride has been getting fairly big & it's hard to keep track of everybody. There will be a sweep rider(s) on the main route who will attempt to assist if you have a problem. If you are riding with mates please check that everyone has made it through each stage. If you are on your own you can note down your name, rego, next of kin & ph numbers on a card or bit of paper & give it to me at the start of the day, then collect it back from me at the end so we know you're not still out there. If you do have to bail & don't see the sweep riders call the pub & leave a message.
Check back on this post closer to the day as more info will be added.