So they headed off to explore by foot the beauty that is the west coast, we on the other hand decided that doing it on the bike was far more fun, So we headed in that general direction.
We left home bright and early , it was only after eight. Straight up the motorway and on to SH 16. Hadn't ridden this for a while. This well known road amongst bikers in Auckland, is also well liked by the boys in blue. Not that that would worry me, with Nathan on the back, speed is not the priority, just being on the bike is fun enough.
We stopped at Helinsville for a much needed coffee and then continued around the coast. This road is a lot of fun on a bike, but it is also very pretty with lovely views of the Kaipara coast. We stopped again at the look out about 10kms west of Wellsford.
|Lying in a ditch across the road to get this pic!|
I have been wanting to get some more photos of the bike and to update the picture that is on the blog page. I ended up lying in a ditch with the camera to get the photo. I thought it was particular arty of me!
Carrying on to Wellsford we rejoined SHW1 and turned south. Suddenly the bike is handling weird, I could feel Nathan moving a lot, which is not something he tends to do. Next minute he is tapping me on the shoulder and wants me to stop. We pull over just at the top of Dome Valley. He has some how managed to kick his foot peg up and had been trying to get it down. That soughted, we continued on and stopped at McDonald's in Orewa. My least favourite junk food, still I had a chicken wrap and we carried on. The temperature was certainly getting up there and every time we stopped I could feel the sweat running down my back.
We continued down the motorway all the way past the Bombay hills, turning left onto SH2. Carried on along for a while then headed through Miranda and Kaiuwa. Stopped again for a drink and then home along the coast and back into Botany.
So a bit of a figure eight. Didnt actually plan it this way but that doesnt matter .At least we were out and it was bloody good!
Out little trip ended up being about 340 kms.
Man it was good to be out.
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