The last few days I took up some gravel tracks here in New Zealand up the Cape Reinga (furthest north part of New Zealand).
Initially left on the Saturday with 3 other riders lead by Jao (I think that’s how you spell it) on his Ktm 690 rally build, was great fun to meet up with other like minded riders and be led around their back garden. Was good fun with great views and gravel tracks.
Unfortunately about half way into the first day the Ktm had an electrical fault and with a new battery and many attempts to fix it, it’s just wasn’t running well enough to carry on.
So the lads called it to go back to Auckland and with no way to charge my phone to navigate I did also.
Upon return I serviced my bike and fixed a few things to head out again the next morning up to the cape, and I was successful and met up with another group from the ride on my way back on the Monday. Here’s a few pictures from my trip....
I came away with some new friends and some skills for riding on gravel smoothly through watching the other guys and some wise words from Rob Roy.
Thanks for everyone was great to meet you all and have blat on the bikes!
A big thanks goes out to Matt who is a fellow Xt660z rider (sensible man), who took me out around Coromandel yesterday, a couple of hours out of Auckland (south eastish) and showed me some dirt roads to fang around on and some beautiful sights too!
Not to mention yet more Tarmac twisties....
It's great to have local knowledge as I wouldn't have gone down some of the roads he took me as they didn't look too interesting but my god they were! Beautiful landscapes and sights!
One to remember and thanks again Matt! I could spend a weekend here