Greater Wairarapa 2019...what's best?

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by glitch_oz, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Broke Engine Supporter

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    Cheers OB. Talk about bad timing. Tiger is out of action awaiting parts from the UK and I'm out of town part of next week. Will try and catch up with them if I can though.
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  2. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Here's hoping you lads dont get too much rain...looks pretty gloomy heading south.
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  3. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Yo, slightly delayed start, but rain stopped on the harbour bridge, then copped another lot around Rotorua. Kept the dust down, though :-)
    Lots of sunshine and backcountry in between, hardly saw another soul, too. Looking forward to some decent gravel tomorrow.
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  4. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi backwards & upsidedown Super Supporter

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    what's your route tomorrow
  5. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    from an earlier post..

    No itinerary as such, but a few firm bookings at head+tail of the fortnight to nail the basics.
    Sun/Mon/Tues are a bit of a gallop south while using the backroads/ gravel to try and avoid all bigger places and prim./sec. hwys.
    Firm o/n stops are Thornton Beach, Lake Whakamarino and Waipawa. After that, things will slow down, cameras out, zig-zagging south between the beaches and SH2.

    300km Cape Palliser loop on Sun 31 (ex ~ Greytown)
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  6. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Late reply is the correct one...
    Another delayed start due to rain, then a total soaking along the coast and up the Motu, fog and cold up top...... then 28C down the road in Gizzy (which wasn't on the plans originally) Missed the gravel around Rere and Pekiri etc. but made up for it with some stunning stuff through the backblocks from Tiniroto to Tuai via Ohura.

    More re-routing tomorrow as it got too late for a fuel run tonight, gotta slot that in after brecky.
    Zigzagging the gravel, cutting across from the 38 to the 2 just north of Napier.
    Time to get south....before the next lot of rain :-)
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  7. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    So howzit going boys? Wet much?
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  8. glitch_oz

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    Lucky the last couple of days. Dannevirke now and checking possible routes for tomorrow to dodge the worst of the incoming weather.
    Trying for Pongaroa....via the backblocks.
    Te Uri was a highlight... and lots of "hills", Ugly Hills and Old Hills, which matched the old+ugly at the tillers.
    Funny how one district tries to outdo the next by tipping bigger, coarser and deeper gravel onto ever patch of dirt they call "road" :-)
    Even got a bit of beach in at Blackhead, nice.

    Most outstanding so far have been the Tuai->Putere stretch, Cricklewood, Darkys Spur and afew others around that area.....choice stuff.
  9. wairau

    wairau get in behind!

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    pictures. theres a little known rule round here. atleast 1 pic per 100km.

    get on it :thumb
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  10. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Weber Falls should be good with all this rain?

    @wairau i dont think glitch usually posts piccies on the rides. But they are usually worth the wait:thumb
  11. glitch_oz

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    Yo, pics later.
    Castlepoint run on Sat ex Pongaroa, Cape Palliser Sunday ex Greytown.
    Gerard has more details as wifi will be patchy= non exist for the next few days.
  12. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi backwards & upsidedown Super Supporter

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    what time you leaving Greytown on Sunday.

    I plan to ride Sunday so would be great to ride along.
  13. Night Falcon

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    Stink. Have been looking forward to meeting you guys but the Tiger won't be out of hospital by then...stupid gear selectors :dirtdog Have fun dudes
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    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    What time in Pongaroa :p3rry
  15. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    About 9.00, it's a 300km loop back to Greytown incl. Admirals Rd. etc.

    :-(

    About 9...and finishing in Greytown.

    And thanks for putting on the great weather, folks....had a cracker morning up Whariti Peak (up to the cloud level), found some limeworks at the top of a hill on the way to Waihi Falls (what a place to work, eh?...those views!!) and had a good, old wriggle on a fresh blanket of 2" gravel down Rimu Rd.
    Throw in a million bends of tar-seal and the odd pucker moment....stir slowly.
    Patchy sunshine all the way for some speccy light+shadows photos, too. Enjoyed the show, enjoyed the ride!! :-)
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    see you at 9am Sunday in Greytown. Where in Greytown.
  17. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

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    Don't blink you'll miss him
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  18. Whale Rider

    Whale Rider Been here awhile

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    Good to hear you are enjoying it out there. Hopefully the whether should stay good for a few more days yet.

    WR
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  19. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    PM underway
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  20. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Forecast looking fine for the weekend :-)
    Pongaroa has proven the jackpot-location thus far, LOTS of sweet, lil' gravel-roads all around with views that wanna make you pitch a tent for a week or so right there and then..., the Puketoi Lodge is doing its namesake gravel track all honours, the place is a gem.
    More dramatic skies and lighting, some half-forgotten "spur" roads, a coldie at the Wimbledon Pub, a nice, long yack with some farmers fixing fences on the Pori's most scenic bit....this is jampacked paradise.
    I need another beer...