Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ulysses Ambulance Charity Run

I went on this ride and almost didn't get there on time. The bikes were heading off as I arrived and I joined at a very convenient roundabout.

Departs: 11 am, Park Road, Upper Hutt (Outside Maidstone Park).
Meet before for briefing etc.

Ride will be into town to the Ambulance Centre in Thorndon for a Sausage Sizzle.
Badges $10.
Sausage Sizzle, Tea & Coffee $1 each

Organised by the Wellington Ulysses Branch.

In the photo; that's me far left with the tank bag as a back pack. I am with Kiwi Bikers in this photo. The Ulysses group look older.

After the ride I joined six kiwibikers and we went out to Makara via Karori. Had a coffee and some food there and then headed back via the Makara to Johnsonville road.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Anzac Day Ride

I needed a ride to give me a break from the web site work I was doing. When a bug on the test server needed attending to that was a good reason to have the break.

The cruisy rider group were meeting at the Duck Pond at 2.00pm so I joined them. We did a run out to the Wainuimata coast road. A good run and I was home just after 4.00pm.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Hill top and Short Straw Cafe

A sunday ride with Kiwi Bikers. We met at Rimutex 11.30am and at 11.45 headed to the summit to meet up with the Wairarapa Kiwi Bikers. A 30 minute stop at the summit and then back down the hill with a diversion into Mayborn Plateau and Whitemans Valley to the Short Straw Cafe. The diversion is a 21km run of interesting and bumpy roads.

Photo of me turning into the road to cafe.

There were 20 at the cafe for lunch. We sat outside as the place was almost full and it was a nice autumn day. Got home at 2.45pm.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Solo Ride

A nice Saturday. Left home at 2.30pm and went to visit the Paekakariki Hill lookout. From the lookout I went down to State Highway 2 and back to Mana. This was a slow leg of the trip and I should have gone back the way I had come. I did a circuit around the inlet and that was also frustrating with slow cars and trucks. Back along the motorway home.

This was not an exciting ride but a pleasant outing.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Castlepoint with the Ulysses Club

Today I went on another Wellington Ulysses Club ride. We departed from the Brown Owl Shops in Upper Hutt at 10.00am with a planned final destination of Castlepoint.

The ride from start to Featherston was a free ride and we assembled in Featherston just before the turnoff to Martinborough. The leg from here to the other side of Martinborough was a group ride and from the turnoff to Gladstone and Masterton a free ride. This free section must have been fast as I stopped for a couple of minutes to adjust my balaclava and couldn't catch those in from of me other than a couple of big touring bikes. This is a nice section of road for bikes.

Masterton was a stop for fuel and and to regroup. The ride out to Castlepoint was a free ride and the lead group was too fast for me once I lost them after they past a couple of cars. We had lunch at Castlepoint and at 1.30pm I headed home via Masterton and SH2. I had a rest at Featherston and at the summit. It was a good day for a ride and a total distance of around 350kms.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

SV1000S 6 month 6K service

I have been in Australia for the last two weeks and the bike has sat in the garage waiting to go in for its service when I returned. It was serviced on Wednesday within a couple of days of purchase 6 months ago and with 5996ks on the odo. Time and distance could not have been better coordinated.