T T T - Taranaki Tunnel Tour DAY 1 of Our Journey Begins
Sharon looking at me, we are both grinning as we are mighty pleased with ourselves for blitzing it through that
freshly laid gravel, "We Have Conquered It, You Can Breathe Now SUE"!!!
Viewing the sad and dreary forecast on the mng of and expecting the worst out of the weather, this meant for me some pretty heavy packing arrangements would ultimately be the outcome of this knowledge . Being told to take "ONLY ONE" change of clothing, a dilemma for me again. Knowing that we had some pretty cosy accommodation organised, it seemed prudent to have "THAT ONE" decent change of clothes for the pre arranged dinners, and the ultimate combined Orating Of Some "VERY TALL" tales that invariably are part of any adventure ride. All packed I made ready to set off, almost 80 kms ride early mng from home to begin our journey. Meeting up with the group at Bombay we set-off and begin our ride which was over many hundreds of kms of gravel-based roads, that led us through the very scenic back country roads of The Famous Limestone Downs. Very interesting first stage of our day this was indeed, having ridden over this exact same stretch of countryside the previous fortnight, the roads were in a very sad state of total disrepair. Bare Limestone/dirt mix and with no evidence of gravel at alll. The roading was sparsely covered and bare of the loose stuff. Many ruts to be enountered. A very rocky journey. An amazing contrast awaited me for this ride, our friendly grader had been put to very good use and had sorted the first scenario right out. This ride I was treated to quite a thriller, also riding my new bike.
|Arriving at Te Uku and we farewell a small number of our riders|
Reflections over, and here we go again, The Call Is In and "SADDLE IT UP AGAIN RIDERS" Our ride leader John G beckons for us to begin to make tracks again, knowing we still have many more kilometres to journey before we would make it into the tiny township of Te Uku. A small handful of our riders had joined us to participate in the mng portion of our ride. Here, they would leave us and depart on to Raglan - a much larger township. Time taken for both Linda and John to discuss further details before we depart once again.
|Farewell to a small group of riders at the local school at Te Uku|
|Converging on Kawhia for lunch|
|"TUNNEL FEVER" and "Boys At Play"|
|Gorgeous views await those who venture THROUGH The Waikowhai Tunnel and onto the beach|
|Parked up outside The Tunnel entrance|
Settling our bikes in for the evening
Husband Jim seen here attempting to DISLODGE luggage carrier from the new SERTAO - I do give my husband some very tough jobs at times???
Preparing for the many TALL TALES to be TOLD over our dinner evening, the BOYS do it all so very well!!!