Sunday, October 9, 2011
1000miles...and a night at the Hilton.
OK perhaps the title is a tad misleading, I dint exactly do a thousand miles in one day, but in my attempt to cover four days of biking on two bikes it was the best I could come up with.
Thursday I ignored the weather forecast and took the GS to work. I can see why Keith rides to work every day, it is a great way to start the day. After work I headed north and took a very very long way home, up SH16, a slight detour down to Port Albert (Gravel road yippee) and then through to Warkworth where I caught up with my folks for dinner. Eventually getting home after 8.
Friday, feeling inspired and the fact my motorbike gear was strewn all over the bedroom I took the gs again, this time after work I headed South down the motor way, a few back roads to Kiaua. It was a great evening for riding. Over the course of the two days riding to and from work I had managed to put 600 Ks on the bike...almost due for its first service, after all I have owned it for 10 days and that is to be expected.
Finally the weekend arrived, I had decided earlier in the week to go away for the weekend with Terry. We haven't been away for a over nighter for ages, and with spring here it was time to a road trip in. I decided that Taupo would be a s good a place as any. It is a decent size town with lots to do . It also gives me many options on the roads to ride to get there. I eventually settled on going through Taumarnui and National park. These are two of my favourite roads and they did not disappoint again . It was a great ride, even though it was a bit chilly with the temperature struggling to get above 12 degrees all day.
We got to Taupo just after four where I had a surprise in stall for terry.....I had booked us into THE HILTON for a night. (It was on special). A hot shower and lounging around in the"Hilton" robes that are supplied, and a wee drink (or two) made for a relaxing late afternoon. (I wasnt allowed to take the robe home, but apparantly you are allowed the slippers and the soaps...which I did take). A bit later we headed out to a bar and enjoyed some food and watching the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup.....never mind Ireland....never mind England......time to go home.
We left Sunday, the weather was gorgeous and some great riding was had as we headed through Bennydale and further north. We stopped at a cafe where a nice old gentleman turned up on his, UN restored, or should I say original 1951 BSA.
850ks on the sprint, 600 on the GS the two days before, doesnt quite make a 1000 miles.....but I sure had a 1000 smiles.