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Old 15-05-2019, 03:02 PM   #46
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Dave/ MrKiwi... really showing off his backyard and doing a cracker job of it! Long live "The Admiral"!!











A visit from a "roadie"...



...who left 10 minutes later desperately looking for a bike shop to trade the Priller for a chookie on his way home!
Ohh, the power of DUST!


The end of "The Admiral".




As with Gerard, Andrew and Colin the day before, Dave showed us some awesome nooks + crannies of the place which made those 2 days the crown-jewel of the fortnight.
A BIG THANKS to all!


Closed the day with some homecooked stuff at our cabin in Greytown... those pan fried, bacon-wrapped banana entrees turned out rather well...and the steaks weren't bad either.
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Old 15-05-2019, 07:26 PM   #48
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You've got PARADISE down there...
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Old 17-05-2019, 05:24 PM   #49
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After the last 2 cracker-days, expectations were high for another serve of blue skies and sunshine making this part of the loop even more special than what
it already is by roads and scenery alone : one of the top3 targets of the fortnight.

Cocky Pete brushing aside the weather forecast "we'll be right!!", things started out well enough....just didn't last too long.
Despite the low cloud, Mt. Holdsworth outside Masterton seems worth a small detour...until the clouds dip even further and even the foothills are shrouded.
Skip that!
The coffee-stop drags out and throws another question mark at the North Range Rd...barely off the Tararua Rd. gravel (sweet!) Ant gets that sinking feeling of an arse-end-going-flat!

North Range + the Wind Farm? Skip that!

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Good move to bring that tool-pouch all the way from Melbourne ...





Strapping it to the XT, as apparently it won't go onto a DR





Back into Pahiatua from the other direction with the flat rear wheel for a hopefully quicker fix by one of the 2 bike-shops in town than trying to do it ourselves out in the sticks ...and for another slow coffee


The locals drop in for company while the crew is in town...thanks for the chat Colin, we might just meet in Otago again









Back in it goes...









We finally flip across the range into Ashhurst via Saddle Road, hours behind the 8-ball....and straight into the full-on bad weather front blanking out near everything beyond 30m visibility.
The Pohangina routes have to wait for another trip...skip those.
Manawatu Scenic Route? Skip that!
The Takapari Rd. climb? Skip that one, too...



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Old 17-05-2019, 05:25 PM   #50
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A short, drizzly stop at Kimbolton for a fuel-top-up...some more heavy drizzle and we DO manage to have a look at the historic Mangaweka Bridge before barely dodging a couple of fat blackbellies on the run up SH1 to Taihape.
If there was any highlight, in fact, if there was any LIGHT to the day, it would have to be Rangiwahia Road, which follows the ridges with presumably great vistas into the Ruahines and the Pohangina Valley.






Time-warp Taihape..."cosy" wasn't really a word for the Formica-'60s?
But DRY it is!! And there's beer and chips for a complimentary welcome!

What a quirky, little spot!!
Thanks to Hakan for the recommendation
https://www.taihapemotels.co.nz/























Great tucker at the Straits Kitchen
, just up the road.
Goodie and Wendy tell us what's ahead in the Taranaki, just having spent a couple of days there.




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