Tuesday, January 10, 2012
South Head- A Rogeys Gravel Rash Adventure.
I still had a few days off until my return to the coal face and decided I would join the Northland Gravel Riders club for a mid week ride. The deal was to meet at the BP in Kuemu at 9.00am and as usual for this summer, the for cast was not to be favourable.
As if right in Que when I arrived so did the rain. But this could not dampen the spirits of the few us who went. Although weonly numbered it was a good wee number and we set of towards Shelly beach. This is to be out first stop. The journey there is mostly tar seal with a small bit of gravel thrown in for good measure just to wet our appetites.
The dirt roads took us down to South Head and lots of fun was had playing in the sand (no buckets or shovels though). It was a shit load of fun with some of the guys having a real hoot. We explored around this area for quite a while. I suppose for me it is exploring , but for the others who had been here before it was just fun.
I am loving my gravel rash experiences. It is a real rewarding challenge, a great deal of fun, and just great to get of the beaten tracks and see more of what this country has to offer.
Thanks to Sues for supplying me with some pics....which I shamelessly stole of Face book!(with permission)
After the ride I headed to Cycle treads and changed the front tyre for a knobbly, to offer a bit more assistance when on gravel. After that it was over to Suzette's place (aka gravel hopper) where her husband had kindly offered to help fit the Hand guards and raisers I had purchased from Touratech. Actually I am not sure offered is the right word...roped in is probably the better phase.
Here are a few pics of the end result....
I am still loving the GS, seems the perfect bike for me at the moment and is continuing to perform flawlessly. It's only limits are those that are placed on it by the the riders ability.