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    Marokopa to Awakino - Mangatoa Rd What's it like?

    Has anyone ridden this road recently?What's the dirt section like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixie View Post
    Has anyone ridden this road recently?What's the dirt section like?
    It's a fantastic road you just have to get past a 13km section of gravel road.. the gravel section is nearly all flat and fairly straight

    We plan to ride it this weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixie View Post
    Has anyone ridden this road recently?What's the dirt section like?
    Haven't been through for a while, but the gravel section is getting shorter all the time & was fairly easy going last summer.

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    this was the gravel section last time i went through here earlier this year

    http://maps.google.co.nz/maps?f=d&so...,0.307274&z=12

    The rest of the road to Awakino is billiant (if you love corners)

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    Last time I went through it was easy, a bit too open for me and some bastard had sealed lots of it. An easy ride on any bike and lovely countryside.

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    Thanks for the replies

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    Sorry for the epic thread dredge. Has anybody been through this area recently? If yes, what is the general condition of the road like nowadays? From what I can see on Google Street View, it looks like a fantastic bit of road.

    Here's my intended route:

    https://goo.gl/maps/kbrE2RqQBXC2

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    Yep, I did it last weekend. Road was fine, started off with a bit of smooth well packed gravel from Marokopa end and then turns into a narrow two lane blacktop all the way to Awakino. Make time to head out to Waikawau beach/tunnel as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixie View Post
    Has anyone ridden this road recently?What's the dirt section like?
    google earth it and get a virtual tour yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    google earth it and get a virtual tour yourself
    Thanks for the suggestion. However, I did that first, but the street view footage was last updated in 2010.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laava View Post
    Yep, I did it last weekend. Road was fine, started off with a bit of smooth well packed gravel from Marokopa end and then turns into a narrow two lane blacktop all the way to Awakino. Make time to head out to Waikawau beach/tunnel as well!
    Cheers mate. There's nothing like first hand experience from last weekend! I'll try to give the tunnel and beach a go, time and weather permitting.

    Out of interest, is there much traffic out that way? I'm assuming that it is pretty quiet.

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    It is pretty quiet. Also, the waikawau beach rd is very short. Do it this time as you may never do this rd again...
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