Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Winter Solstice Ride

Matariki is a time of year in the Maori calendar that one looks back on the year that has been and looks forward to a new year. We had a good turnout on Sunday for our end of month ride with 11 bikes and riders lining up outside Manawatu Motorcycles. The sunny weather  probably encouraged a few to wheel out the bikes from the garage and they were rewarded with a great morning+ out in our wonderful motorcycle friendly countryside. This bodes well for the new year with a healthy number of fellow enthusiasts wanting to share and enjoy these older bikes. We decided on an easterly direction for our run with the Rongomai loop chosen as our route. We certainly good a good taste of the rural lifestyle not only following a herd of cows for many kays, but also being confronted by a rather grumpy bull who must have escaped his paddock to get in amongst the 'ladies'. He seemed to take a particular dislike to Dion. Not sure why. Maybe he didn't like Yamaha TZRs, or maybe it was Dions new leathers? they might have been a relative? Our stop in Pahiatua was sprinkled with stories of daring and bravery about all the slippery cow 'poo' and facing down a bull in the middle of the road. I wonder what sort of title we could give such a story? Our next stop for a cuppa was greeted with a full house at the Bridge Cafe, so headed through the gorge to the Ashhurst Inn for a very late morning tea which we later called lunch! (Recommended)

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