It was very noticeable the large number of motorcycles making their way down the main drag (State Highway One). The majority were of a 'mature' age and on some relatively expensive machinery. With the high number of motorcycle fatalities this summer it would seem that one of the reasons could be the number of motorcyclists now on the road and the distances they have covered. Our group certainly has a very cautious approach to our riding with the only reason anyone not making it home being a breakdown. Some of the stories we hear about other groups and individuals riding habits certainly leaves a lot to be desired. We all know your chances of having an accident and injury are considerably greater on a motorcycle so the the basic message is don't be a 'dick' on your bike!
After that little rant I am pleased to report that the return route via Vinegar Hill was covered safely with our only stop being at Stormy Point for a photo op. It has a great vista looking up towards the mountains across the Rangitikei countryside. The earthquake and volcanicly tortured landscape certainly makes for some great motorcycling roads! We then continued on our reverse route through Makino Road and then to Colyton and Taonui.
All to soon Bunnythorpe arrived and from there we made our separate ways home. A little later on Sir Al sent a text that he made it home on the one tank of petrol with Richard also finding the same. After checking their tanks at Hunterville none of the strokers felt the need to top up. I am sure the finger crossing began on the outskirts of Feilding as certain people looked for the tell tale splutter and dash to Feilding Northend BP? Maybe the savings in petrol could buy an extra custard square? Not good for the power to weight ratio though which might negate the savings!
All in all another great ride on our 'mature and maturing' sicles. We are very lucky to have the variety of excellent motorcycle roads at our disposal around here and with the wonderful weather we have had lately maybe we should go and do some more reverse loops!
Role on next weekend.