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Old 10-05-2019, 02:31 PM   #36
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Some rumble-in-the-jungle up at Birch Rd., which looks far better on a map than in reality..

....but there's some interesting log-extraction going on involving a frontend-loader on it's back haunches while the bucket tensions a cable that runs up to some other contraption and boom up the hill 200m away...

















The top-gear, slow-go, bum-up run down Rt.52 results in a clean arrival at the Pongaroa pumps, no push required

Lining up for a foamy after a fantastic day-in-the-sticks.





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Old 11-05-2019, 07:28 PM   #37
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Hooray!!....a sparkler of a morning in Pongaroa, the locals have put it on for us.

First is Gerard (WhaleRider) on his GS-Special (I can't even remember the first half-dozen of mods and changes done to that bike)....





....followed shortly after by Andrew (BanditRider) with half a bird splattered across the front of the SuperTen... and his mate Colin.
Those guys don't muck around and we're up Pahiatua Rd. towards Makuri in no time.

With the locals taking over the routing and lead for the day (and a BIG THANKS to all of them and Gerard in particular), it's great to hang around the back and not worry about turn-offs and fuel range, lunch locations and weather, timing, keeping the group together etc....which might result in getting some small details of the day's route and places wrong, or out-of-sync.

Apologies for that...but at the time I couldn't give a stuff and just enjoyed tagging along with some locals who are legend to REALLY know their turf!

Below map is purely from memory....and some guesses after looking at the pics.

What an AWESOME day it turned out!











https://isn.page.link/WTbu



No quibbles with repeating yesterday's run along Pori Rd....and this time under blue skies, brilliant sunshine and full vistas





Andrew + Colin on Pori Rd. ridge










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Andrew






The Route52 asphalt to Alfredton flies by in a few minutes.... and it's soon back to gravel on the Castle Hill Rd.











....which morphs into the Alfredton-Tinui Rd., most likely somewhere near the borderline of Manawatu and Wellington districts.
Or maybe around here, at that airborne farm-gate....


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Old 11-05-2019, 07:29 PM   #38
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Oh man...I LOVE this place !!






Bends ahead!...who woulda-bloody-thunk!!






What a lunch-spot!!
Castlepoint....and there's a heck of a lot more around than just a magnificent beach, some sand-hills and a lighthouse.
Come along....




















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Old 11-05-2019, 07:30 PM   #39
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Ant catching one of those Daimlers we'll be crossing paths with for the next 2 days....
....a tiny 2.5l V8 2-seater sporty with a fiberglass body from the '60s.

Never knew those things existed....and NZ seems to be chockers with them!






Another glimpse up north, up the Magic Coast which we'll explore a little later, sadly without Andrew and Colin, who have to turn west for their long-ish home-run.
Cheers guys....and thanks again










The road north to Mataikona starts off with some gorgeous coastal sweepers...









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Not long and things start to turn even more interesting....











...before it's into some tight and close-up stuff, some lose and steep stuff, some gates, a small water-crossing, some bare coastal ridges with breathtaking vistas, a small, private airfield...
oh yeah, now we're going places !



Pack Spur Loop....another Top-Tenner!!



















No question, the Pack Spur packs a wallop!!










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