Saturday, August 20, 2011
It was definetly a perfect winters day that greeted the crew for our end of month ride last Sunday. Not a breath of wind, the sun shinning brightly and a nice dry road. A group of nine eventually lined up outside Manawatu Motorcycles ready to head out for another wander around the district. After some discussion Hunterville was the chosen destination via Halcombe and some back roads that avoided State Highway One then home via Vinegar Hill. First stop was to be Kakariki but Steves RZ350 decided otherwise and Newbury had Steve pointing his bike homeward to sort out what looked like an electrical problem. After turning off at Mount Stewart and passing through Halcombe a regroup at Kakariki had all of us enjoying the sun and looking forward to a good coffee at Hunterville. Just north of the Marton turnoff the troops took the back roads to Hunterville whilst Dions 1974 Suzuki GT250 decided to communicate its need for a thoroughly good tune up by running on one cylinder. Dion decided to turn around and head on home and the rest of us headed for our coffee stop. It was a great coffee and after watching a number of other bike groups ride by we joined them and headed out to Vinegar Hill for the ride home. It was a great run with very little traffic which we extended by coming through the back of Feilding via Makino road. After a brief stop we all headed off home with that wonderful feeling you only get from a great ride with people who have the same passion and topped off with a 'chocolate box winters day'