Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wellington Sights

Today I joined the Ulysses ride around Wellington.

The ride started from Brown Owl at 10.00am. The first stop was at Scorching Bay. Then around the Bays to Wrights Hill to view the gun emplacements and then off to Makara Beach. From Makara Beach we took the road to Johnsonville and then along the Motorway to the cemetery and looped back to the sea finishing at the Sandbar in Mana.

I didn't stay for lunch as had to be back home. It was a just okay ride, I prefer the open road and find the round the city and slow roads hard work. Next big Ulysses ride is to Riversdale on the 19th and I will not be able to make that.

Stats from MC computer: 190.0kms, 3.43hrs, 5.1L/100km, 50kph ave, xxxkph max.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pahiatua Track Loop

A Ulysses ride today. We left from the Plimmerton Weigh Station at 9.30am and travelled up SH1 to just south of Levin at the turn off to Shannon. A pit stop in Shannon for fuel and then off to the track.

The ride over the track was quick - I was third in line. We had a planned stop at SH2 Mangarmaire turn off and it was a long wait as one of the riders had a low speed off. Once we knew the rider was okay we headed for the Wild Oats Cafe in Carterton. There was a street day in Carterton so instead of waiting for food there we headed on the the Tin Hut.

Alan called me from home when I was at Mt Bruce and we planned to meet at the Tin Hutt. Food here was going to be slow so we headed to Featherston for pie and coffee. After that it was home, arriving at 3.30pm.

BTW last week on Thursday the bike had its 10,000kms service.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

First RAT Ride

The Wellington RAT group start their rides from Shell Mana at 9.30am. I got there at 9.15am and by 9.45am there were just six of us. The bikes were, two S3, Street, Speedmaster, Sprint and Tiger.

The ride was around the inlet and over the Takas. We regrouped in Featherston and then headed to Carterton for refreshments. Following the essential coffee and something to eat we went via Gladstone and the back road to Martinborough. The ride was planned for lunch at Lake Ferry but at Martinborough I headed home. I called into see Alan and he followed me home and then Alan headed home around the Mana loop.

The bike has now done 9772Kms so I will book it in for the service.

Stats from MC computer: 224.9kms, 3.07hrs, 4.7L/100km, 71kph ave, xxxkph max.