Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lunch at Pongaroa

This is just a short blog post about a great day, a great ride and a great lunch. As you may have guessed from the title we had a wonderful lunch at Pongaroa. I would thoroughly recommend their gourmet burgers and excellent service in a lovely rural setting. A must stop off destination. The best part about the meal though was getting to it! We had Kim and Sir Al in the H2s along with Yamaha contingent with Bruce on his RZ and myself keeping the four stroke flag flying on the XJ750. The run up the Pahiatua Track was memorable due to the lack of gorge traffic not on it, and the wiggly bits through Managamaire to Rongomai were a great warm up for the rest of the ride. The left turn at the Rongomai intersection had us heading towards Alfredton along some more wonderful wiggly roads.  We then joined the wonderful Highway 52 road that was even more of the same, but longer. After a great stop at the Pongaroa Hotel we pointed our bikes towards home via Pahiatua with yet even more of the same wiggly and windy roads. We had Bruce out front so we could keep an eye on him as his petrol was getting low and after filling up with some gas it was back over the hill and home. It was a brilliant ride. As always with these roads one needs to look out for gravel on some of the corners and with the wet winter we have had there was some major road subsidence in places. A great way to check out your bikes suspension! At our last stop we all commented on how lucky we are to live and ride in such a great part of the country.

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