This year saw the 90th Anniversary of the Maori Tennis Tournament Öwhich didnít mean a lot to me, but it did mean that I had to ride to Hamilton, then go riding around the Waikato for a couple of days, then ride back Öso, as usual, I was really excited that Ann had to go to the Maori tennis tournament!
Our adventure commenced on Boxing Day with a short hop to Hawera, Ann taking the car because she was hitching a ride from there, then bringing some Mokoís
This year was my 11th MDA run after missing the 2014 ride Öand it still hasnít lost its charm of being a great ride while serving a great cause to see some joy brought to the lives of some children afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy.
This year my involvement included sorting a budget and coming up with a ride plan, which was to be very different from all the other years I have been attending.
Last year would have been the worst (hardest) year
I have a 72 Bonnie and need someone in Auckland for regular servicing
Last race day I was having problems with handling after changing the bikeís geometry while, ironically, chasing improved handling. Iíd been getting the opposite of what I was expecting; dropping the front made the steering heavier instead of lighter, the back end was coming up under brakes as if the front was sitting up higher, a neutral throttle through corners was pushing me wide instead of bringing the front in.
best purchase i've done in a while, grinning the whole ride back from wellington
11xMiles now 12xMiles, neat.
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Well that was another nice wee fang!
Apparently I have a problem when it comes to riding and creating routes for longer rides Ö.I like corners!
After all, letís face it, Iím not one to throw my arse around or hang off the seat, but the subtle shifting of weight that occurs whilst negotiating a delicious string of lefts and rights does wonders to alleviate the aching-numb-bum that manifests when sitting for hour after hour in the saddle on a boring, straight state highway.
Being a South Islander first challenge was the 715 km to the start point. I had a typical Southerners view of North Island roads i.e. boring, congested, and with a speed cop behind every tree. The torturous, traffic laden ride from the Ferry terminal to Levin in heavy rain didnít do anything to dispel this.
But once past Foxton the traffic began to lighten and with it my mood. Beyond Mangaweka the landscape changed to rolling hills and the road began to twist and turn. There was still
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