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    NI east coast roads

    Heading of tomoz on our annual crusty farmers tour and heading down to approx taihape, maybe heading over Gentle Annie then up maybe around east cape then up to Coromandel.
    Anyone aware of any road closures etc likely to be best avoided? TIA, Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laava View Post
    Heading of tomoz on our annual crusty farmers tour and heading down to approx taihape, maybe heading over Gentle Annie then up maybe around east cape then up to Coromandel.
    Anyone aware of any road closures etc likely to be best avoided? TIA, Al
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    Got her on board the bandit (took a bit of manuvering and some slidin onto tank, but we got there).
    Took about 40 minutes to get back to Taihape, waited 15 minute for mate on a Triumph Trophy to arrive after us, didn't realise how well my lady could still pillion.
    Enjoyed that run, I did.
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    Yep, it is a great ride I have taken my wife through there a couple of times too. First time it still had about 15 km of metal in the middle. Always stop at that Brown Sugar cafe in Taihape...
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    Between Coromandel Town and round to Whitianga and down towards Tairua, there were massive amounts of resurfacing going on when I drove round that way a few days ago. Lots of wet tar and loose chip that sticks to everything. One of those lit up noticeboards says resurfacing will continue until Dec 13th. The Thames-Coromandel coast road has one or two spots of loose gravel but is much better than the eastern side.

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    Thanks Geoff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by caseye View Post
    Love the Annie,over it 3 times in the last 2-3 years. Once with wifey on the back. She hadn't been on the back of my bike for nearly 20 yrs, on her bike, Yes. Her bike took a hit to the gear lever and split a gear ring, stopped gearbox working and had to be left behind.
    Got her on board the bandit (took a bit of manuvering and some slidin onto tank, but we got there).
    Took about 40 minutes to get back to Taihape, waited 15 minute for mate on a Triumph Trophy to arrive after us, didn't realise how well my lady could still pillion.
    Enjoyed that run, I did.
    remember it well


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    went around East Cape Nov 9 resurfacing through Waioeka Gorge just before Te Karaka heading into Gisborne, plenty of Bleeding Tar from Gisborne to Waihau Bay but surface didn't seem to rutty, Waihau Bay to Opotiki was fine otherwise AWESOME as usual
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    So ended up going down the centre of the island on lesser roads and then took some heavily marbled backroads from Taihape that popped us out on the Gentle Annie Rd only a few kms from Gentle Annie. So we ended up doing about 2/3rds of that road. Then up the coast to Wairoa and in to Frasertown and right turn to Gissy. Then backroads to home again today via Te Aroha and across the hauraki plain where it was blowing like fuck and then pouring down. Thankfully the extremely heavy rain killed the wind a bit!
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    Awesome. Heading back to Wellington after boxing day races. The long way, over a couple of days. Gentle Annie is cool. But not had to do it in the wet. There's a couple of corners that might be scary on TieHappy side.
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