Cold Kiwi Rally 2010

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Rosie!, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Rosie!

    Rosie! Little MissAdventure

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    This report is a bit of a team effort. Clintnz and I took the photos, I edited them, he wrote the ride report, and now I'm posting it up :D
    So you'll have to imagine me typing this in a deep manly voice...

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    Of course at the merest hint of a dodgy forecast a week out, Peet piked. &#8216;Oh but there might be snow&#8230;&#8217; Well it&#8217;s not called the Warm Kiwi, nor the Tropical Kiwi, no. This is the <st1:place w:st="on">North Island</st1:place>&#8217;s most hardcore motorcycle rally. The 36<sup>th</sup> annual Cold Kiwi, held at 800m altitude in the shadow of the snow covered central <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">North</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Island</st1:placetype></st1:place> volcanoes. We of course, are made of much sterner & stupider stuff than Peet, so we cranked up our hot grips & set off into the teeth of a wild cold front last Friday on our way south.<o:p></o:p>
    Bizarrely we managed to dodge all the squally downpours for the first 150km, but the last 40km into Waiouru saw rain, then sleet, then snow at the <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Desert Road</st1:address></st1:street> summit. We fuelled up in Waiouru then trucked on to the rally site.<o:p></o:p>
    At the rally site the precipitation had eased so we set up our tent. We had got a bit lucky a few days ago when Eddieb sent me a message, his crew had organized meals for the weekend but a couple of people had dropped out, would we like to be fed at the rally for a few bucks koha? Hell Yes! So after we had set up camp a plate of delicious hot stew was thrust into our hands. Then the snow started falling.<o:p></o:p>
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    We weren&#8217;t at all worried, with bellies full of stew & rum & green ginger wine on hand, cold & snow were not a problem! <o:p></o:p>
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    The cold front passed & the morning dawned bright, clear & still, with only a few tents collapsed by the 3-4&#8221; of snow. Rosie had sewed us up a couple of polarfleece sleeping bag liners a while back so we were toasty as despite the chill. <o:p></o:p>
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    Roger & Liz cooked us up a great breakfast & then we started thinking about a ride for the day, first we had to clear the snow off the bikes.<o:p></o:p>
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    We decided to head south on <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Turakina Valley Road</st1:address></st1:street>, just down the highway from the rally site.<o:p></o:p>
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    This was a very neat ride down a nearly deserted, mainly gravel road through the hill country farms. Eventually we turned West to start the loop back to the rally on <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Mangamahu Rd.</st1:address></st1:street><o:p></o:p>
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    The plan was to cross out to the twisty hwy 4 over the Parapara range for some twisty tarseal action on the way back, but Te Rimu road on the map that we planned to take was plastered with &#8216;private property &#8211; no access&#8217; signs & looked like a farm driveway so we continued up the Whangaehu Valley Rd.<o:p></o:p>
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    At the end of that we cut out to hwy 4 then on through Raetihi to Ohakune for a late lunch. Oscar flagged us down as we rode out & we had a yarn about the days riding then cruised on back to the rally site for more socializing.<o:p></o:p>
    The next morning dawned pretty good too:<o:p></o:p>
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    But with stuff to do we took the boring way home via hwy 1 & hwy 5.<o:p></o:p>
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    Switching back to higher-pitched girly-sounding typing: It was a really good weekend, and I enjoyed my first motorbike rally. Riding in the snow and wind on the way down was a bit scary in places, but it didn't last too long.
    The snow on Saturday morning was so pretty :raabia and it wasn't as cold as I expected.
    This was the first long road ride I'd done on the WR, and it did really well, although I think it could do with a bit of a windscreen.
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  2. Belle Sinclair

    Belle Sinclair Adventurer

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    Hey well done on the ride! Great pics and write up too!

    I hate snow. There is nothing good about it - except maybe for the first half and hour and only then if the sun is out and it looks nice. Then its nasty.

    Belle
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  3. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    great report Clint/Rosie

    looks like Friday was quite memorable.
    I got as far as Taihape on Saturday before I decided Napier was likely to be warmer than Waiouru.

    Magic weekend for a ride (except for the gale force winds in the 'Rapa on Sunday)

    Hopefully will catch up with you guys on the Naki ride.

    cheers


    Mark
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  4. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    Great RR :clap :clap
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  5. Rosie!

    Rosie! Little MissAdventure

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    Yeah, it would have been memorable, if we hadn't drunk so much rum :uhoh :lol3
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  6. shrek lone rider

    shrek lone rider Adventurer

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    hey well done Rosie great write up & pic's, we were in Ohakune having a late lunch when you guys rode in & as I was traveling with two road bikes there was no off road for me :2cry may catch you guys next year at the Cold Duck
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  7. BusyWeb

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  8. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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  9. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    brrrrr

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    I promise to harden up in time for next year :shog
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