The ramblings of a 40 something motorcyclist. My trips,opinions, needs, views and anything I think important written here. Hopefully inspiring some along the way.
Now including my "Rogeys Gravel Rash Adventures"......as I embark on a new journey off road...
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Just big kids at Heart.
The is something magical about a restless nights sleep, because you know when you do get up you are going riding.
There is something almost hypnotic as the wheels circle beneath you eating up the tarmac.
There is some thing heart warming when you are riding, and a biker waves, you are sharing a common bond, a bond non bikers not only don't understand but never will no matter how you explain it.
Their is something so very satisfying that after a great ride on some of the best roads our country has to offer, and a entertaining lunch, and sharing some great company, that you collapse into the chair on arrival home, knowing that today you have indeed lived.
I contacted Geoff James on Monday, after his arrival home from Thailand, "lets go riding on the weekend" my email said, "weather permitting of course". So on Friday we touched base again, and it was put in motion and we arranged to meet on Saturday morning in Thames. Giving both of us a early solitary ride to our destination.
For me I encountered a fair amount of heavy fog, seems to be the thing when I am meeting Geoff....I am sure there is a anagram in there some where. Still I arrive in Thames nice and early, found a cafe, had a coffee and the sun was streaming on my back...lovely.
I arrived at our meeting point, still early by the way, and next minute Geoff is pulling up also. Obviously some one else was eager to get out, or it must have been all the Thai food! Normal banter ensured, before we headed off to Whangamata for lunch. I lead this part of the ride. As always it was great fun, a fantastic piece of road. It took a bit for me to get comfortable with the fact that I was still being "watched", but I got into the groove and thoroughly enjoyed myself. At lunch we continued a healthy discussion about all sorts of things. I will say this, when Geoff and I get together there seems to be no shortage of things to talk about.
Geoff lead from Whangamata through to Paeroa where we stopped out side the famous bottle. One thing that is clearly obvious from riding behind Geoff, is that our riding styles are very similar, we both noticed it and both made practical observations about it.
From there we headed our separate ways, a great days riding almost complete...
But before I finish, while we were at the "bottle" a mother came over with her two kids. The young boy wanted to sit on our bikes, which we both agreed to.. As I watched this young fellow sitting on my bike, twisting the throttle, making the brmmm brmmm noises, I realised something.......Geoff and I , we are really just big kids at heart!