The first ride was in February and followed the Apiti loop with Clive leading the way. Plenty of stops saw the group keep together and at one of these Paul McQuilken appeared on his "regraphiced" KTM 690. He was out doing a reconnaissance for the Backroad Riders group who spend there time exploring the less traveled roads in the region. Paul has a well earned reputation as a great rider due to his road racing career that included best newcomer at the Isle of Man back in the eighties. He really enjoys this style of metal road riding and I am sure he gets to keep his bike skills well honed! The Kimbolton Hotel provided us with a great refreshment spot and a chance to sit around and have a good yarn. One memorable conversation revolved around the ideal home and the consensus was a very very large garage with a small flat in one corner sleeping and eating activities. The names of those around the table will remain anonymous for obvious reasons!
The second ride was in April and the route for this ride was in a more westerly direction. The ride took us out through Colyton, the back of Feilding with the first stop being at the Stanway Hall. It was here that the discovery was made that we were missing a few of the crew. this was resolved with the decision to head on over to Feilding to our predetermined food and watering hole at Murrays. A great lunch and yarn was had by all!