Check out the cute Russian lass at the food caravan
I rode Gladstone-Masterton-Pongoroa-Akitio-Paihiatua and home yesterday.
The road from just north of Pongoroa (Waione) alongside the river to Akitio is awesome bike stuff. Possibly the best the wider Wairarapa region has to offer. Don't take the turn-off in Pongoroa unless you like gravel. And this ride is not for those with feeble tank ranges. Masterton to Akitio was 130km. Sometimes the garage at Pongoroa is open for petrol but other than that the nearest gas is probably Dannevirke or Paihiatua? Not a problem for the beemer but don't try this trip on Ducati Hypermotard.
Good hot food from the Rush-In caravan. If you are looking for a Russian bade then this lass has a cute arse and friendly personality..what more do you need? She cooks too. Here she is delivering my meal with a smile.
Pongoroa Rd over the hill to Paihitua is even better. That would make a great hill climb race event.
These back roads demand respect though, take it easy if you can't see around the bend. Lots of farm vehicles, wondering stock, hell a stoat (ferret?) ran across the road in front of me, 5 minutes later it's bunny rabbits turn. Stone falls around blind hairpin corners. You get the idea.
ignore 2003 date on picture. This was taken yesterday.
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