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15-01-2018 21:50

Popping out for some greasies

On Saturday morning I got a phone call from Colin F who asked me if I was keen for a little ride over in Hawkes Bay on Sunday.  I\'m not good at comi...
08-01-2018 21:51

New Year's Tag

Crikey!  What a hot day today!But, it was New Year\'s Day and that normally involves a ride.  I hadn\'t any major plans on where I wanted to ride so...
02-01-2018 21:47

Seeing out the year

...with a little gravel fix...With a bit of time off over the Christmas/New Year period I had a little plan up my sleeve.  The plan involved a day sp...
31-12-2017 21:47

Taihape Tiki-tour

Well, glad I didn\'t go riding yesterday - it was a stinkin\' hot, 30 degrees plus.  But, I needed to go for a ride so hatched a plan for today...I w...
17-12-2017 21:41

2017 Coast to Coast

Saturday was the annual Coast to Coast ride which is run by the Woodville Lions to raise funds for our local rescue helicopter.  It\'s a run that I u...
11-12-2017 21:41

Animals I have met

The other day I was telling someone my Emu story and it occurred to me that I seem to have reasonably frequent run-ins with critters while out and abo...
28-11-2017 19:46

Silly Season

So apparently the silly season is upon us and everyone is supposedly under pressure, tired out and in need of a break.  Meanwhile our road toll has a...
22-11-2017 21:53

Windy Tag

So after a beautiful sunny week in which I rode the Tenere to work 4/5 times (would have been 5/5 but I needed the car on Monday) the weekend has disa...
19-11-2017 21:54

Snapping

Righto, so yesterday I was complaining about taking the wrong camera and getting crap pictures again as a result so maybe I need to start looking agai...
13-11-2017 21:57

Just a short one...

Yesterday I\'d been wondering about my next gravel excursion and decided that I wanted to return to the "Badlands" and to also check out another grave...
12-11-2017 21:51

Almost 1,000km...

So, I had the GoPro on all day on Saturday with the aim of getting a heap of photos and stitching them all together for a time-lapse of the day\'s out...
07-11-2017 21:50

The famous Scooter Bob

Well, if he wasn\'t famous before he is now...Dar has shown him off to the world via her piece on Farkle Garage.  Neat!(Skip to about 5:30 if you can...
06-11-2017 21:51

2017 1KC

Yesterday was the running of this year\'s NZDR 1KC.  Another great excuse for getting up early and riding all day with like minded maniacs...The weat...
05-11-2017 21:54

Harley bashing...

So there\'s a thread about loud Harley\'s on a FB group and I\'ve been holding back...need to release...This is a great old joke and may have even pos...
29-10-2017 21:55

Burma Hill

Yesterday was the day I picked for some two wheeled fun.  I started off by taking the dog for a run beside my mountain bike - just 3km for her rather...
23-10-2017 21:52

Tag

It was a very nice evening on Thursday so I decided to go for a bit of tag hunting on the S10.  "Burnie"had put up the below tag and it looked easy t...
13-10-2017 21:50

Not a bad idea...

My next farkle......
13-10-2017 21:50

2017 NI1600

Okey dokey, here\'s the link to my write-up on this years NI1600: ...
11-10-2017 21:58

Mid-week gravel

Shock, horror - the sun was out today and it wasn\'t raining!I also have the week off!  Yes, there was stuff to do at home but come on - it wasn\'t r...
10-10-2017 21:51

The man speaketh the truth!

And amazingly he\'s an Aussie!...
03-10-2017 21:52

Hooning around Herbertville

Well, it seemed like forever since the poor old Tenere has been let off its leash and taken for a decent gravel ride so today was the day to fix that....
24-09-2017 22:00

Old age

So apparently I\'m getting old.  Well, at least that is what one other Concours owner (who may or may not live in Ashhurst) said when I told him I\'d...
19-09-2017 21:58

Mechanical Mission

I am not a mechanic.  I understand how some mechanical things work and have just enough knowledge (knowledge skills) to be dangerous.  But I\'m kee...
18-09-2017 21:58

Keen as mustard!

Something inspirational I stumbled across on Advrider....
11-09-2017 21:52

10th Birthday Ride - Part 2

As is pretty usual for me when I\'m "on tour" I awoke far too early (5am) but rather than hit the road early I lazed around waiting for the sun to com...
09-08-2017 21:55

10th Birthday Ride - Part 1

So the Connie\'s big birthday kind of snuck up on me.  The first reminder I got was the bill for its registration - yay!  But I had to do more than ...
08-08-2017 22:05
07-08-2017 21:47

Up above the world so high

Well, slightly high...Sunday was another pretty nice winter\'s day - blue skies, sunny and fairly calm - so I needed to get out and try the new levers...
02-08-2017 21:50

E-Bay delivers again

Yep, another package arrived on Friday...I\'d kinda had my eye on those cheap aftermarket levers for a while and finally pulled the plug on a set for ...
30-07-2017 21:51

New from Michelin...

...PR4GT chew toys...Talk about a demanding test...hopefully it lasts longer than 5 minutes......
26-07-2017 21:51

Damn you E-Bay!

Yes, we interrupt the current lull in blogging to bring news of the arrival of farkles...well, the first of possibly more than one...On Saturday the n...
24-07-2017 21:51

TSS Red Baron Adventure ride

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon an event on Facebook that immediately caught my attention as it had the words "adventure" in the title and there were ...
27-06-2017 21:49

1,837 Pictures...

...for all those wanting to see them...Yes, it was a nice day!...
18-06-2017 21:50

Winter sucks...

...but not today!Definitely not, she was a cracker!  And so, crackers need using in an appropriate manner - namely, the exercising of two-wheeled mac...
17-06-2017 21:49
13-06-2017 21:48

Eastern gravel

With Monday being a public holiday (the Queen is good for something) and it not being a bad day, it seemed rude not to head out for another pootle - t...
06-06-2017 21:49

A chilly loop

Sunday was fairly cold here - not a lot of sun, grey clouds and a definite nip in the air.  But...I needed to get a ride in.I was keen to pop over an...
05-06-2017 21:50

Battery charging

It seems like forever since the Connie had any decent sort of exercise and today I thought that it was time to take her for a small skid to top up the...
28-05-2017 21:51

I finally caved...

All that pressure from the Long Distance and Adventure riders finally overcame my prejudices, misgivings and sense of taste - I bought a BMW...Pannier...
23-05-2017 21:51

Quick fix

Yay, this afternoon I got to get in just a little gravel fix with a trip across some favourite gravel roads to Apiti and return.  But first...It was ...
13-05-2017 21:53

New co-pilot...

Hmmm...Well, maybe not...Meet Honey who moved in a week or so ago and has yet to decide if she likes bikes...She does love kids though:StruttingThat s...
08-05-2017 21:58

Still here...

Yeah, nearly a month without blogging!  I guess there\'s been a bit of other stuff going on...I actually did take the Connie for a run the other day ...
22-04-2017 21:49

TT2000 Write-up - Day 15

Fifteen days on the road and I \'spose it was time I should think about heading home...With a 2pm sailing I had plenty of time to get to Picton so I d...
26-03-2017 21:45

TT2000 Write-up - Day 14

Day Fourteen was intended to be a very relaxed day spent in Richmond with perhaps a little pootle somewhere to see if there was any gravel to be found...
24-03-2017 21:44

TT2000 Write-up - Day 13

Day thirteen (a Monday, so not unlucky) was set to be a bit of an adventure.  I was riding through to Richmond to stay with my sister but the route i...
23-03-2017 21:47

TT2000 Write-up - Day 12

With being caught out by finishing shorter days early on the previous two days and only 350km to do on Sunday, I decided not to be in too much of a hu...
22-03-2017 21:51

TT2000 Write-up - Day 11

Saturday\'s ride started off early with the topping up of the Tenere in Kurow just before 8 and then pointing her up the Hakataramea Valley.The road ...
21-03-2017 21:49

TT2000 Write-up - Day 10

Wow!  Ten days on the road.  Best take it easy then...Days ten and eleven were planned as shorter days.  This was because I was a little unsure of ...
20-03-2017 21:47

'cuse me...

We interrupt the scheduled TT2000 Trip reports to inform you that the Connnie is not being totally ignored and is more than capable of snaffling the ...
19-03-2017 21:51
18-03-2017 21:46

B-B-Bling!

What to do with those stickers......
17-03-2017 21:45

TT2000 Write-up - Day 9

Day 9 had me starting off pretty early and following Lake Wakatipu around to Queenstown for fuel and then onto Glenorchy to go in search of more grave...
15-03-2017 21:48

TT2000 Write-up - Day 8

Righto, enough stuffing around town, time for some more riding...The morning was fine and clear (if a little chilly) as I left Invercargill and headed...
14-03-2017 21:45

TT2000 Write-up - Day 7

Day seven was a day off riding (although of course the Tenere was my transport around town) with some important sightseeing to be done.First up was th...
13-03-2017 21:47

TT2000 Write-up - Day 6

Now, with that small little ride completed, it was time for a holiday. And what to do on holiday" How?s about going riding"I?d taken a couple of wee...
12-03-2017 21:49

TT2000 Write-up - Days 3-5 - The TT!

Because Chillertek was hassling me I\'ve got my TT write-up done.  As usual it\'s sitting over on my website here....
11-03-2017 21:42

TT2000 Write-up - Day 2

Thursday was to be a short riding day, just under 200km to Christchurch and the plan was to take it easy and then rest up prior to the TT.I left Kaiko...
10-03-2017 21:42

TT2000 Write-up - Day 1

Ok, so I\'m home now and have proper internet so it\'s time for some proper write-ups of the trip.  Here goes day one...As per my usual routine befor...
09-03-2017 21:47

Tuesday

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28-02-2017 21:50

Monday

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27-02-2017 21:47

Sunday

All Done!...
26-02-2017 21:49

Saturday

Lunch in Makorora....
25-02-2017 21:43

Friday

...
24-02-2017 21:45

Wednesday

One times bucket list item checked off......
23-02-2017 21:46

Thursday

SH1 traffic jam......
23-02-2017 21:46

Blogger meet-up

So New Zealand immigration stuffed things up again and let in a bunch of bike mad Aussies (including one Chillertek) and also let them loose on our ro...
23-02-2017 21:46

Whoops!

It followed me home...honest! Oh, and the Tenere has new rubber and rear brake pads......
18-02-2017 21:43

Enlightening Farkle

Righto, so Saturday\'s ride had another purpose and the reason why I went so late and came back in the dark was because I had to try out my latest far...
01-02-2017 21:49

Return to the valley...

...and that Forgotten Highway.This Saturday\'s weather was certainly an improvement over the last few weeks\' - nice and sunny with very little wind. ...
29-01-2017 21:54

2016 Highlights

Ok, January is nearly done for but this is getting to be a bit of a habit:JanuaryWell, I test rode a Honda and didn\'t buy one...Wrong colour"But did ...
25-01-2017 21:45

Webbed feet...

...would be handy with our current "summer" weather.Saturday was nice but I was busy doing "stuff".Sunday - howling gale and horizontal rain.Monday (p...
23-01-2017 21:45

Eke Loop

Ok, so I had to call the post something...On Sunday I had to celebrate the Tenere getting a WOF (on some fairly worn E-07\'s) by taking out for a spot...
09-01-2017 21:44

New Year's Day ride

While chatting to Meanie and Monie at the Coast to Coast I suggested that we hadn\'t done a New Year\'s Day ride for a while (I didn\'t check but it\'...
04-01-2017 21:47
04-01-2017 21:47

Xmas 2016

Christmas this year involved a nice little ride South on the Tenere.  My sister had recently bought a batch in the beautiful Golden Bay and it was ti...
02-01-2017 21:45

Kaihoka Lakes

Ok, so while I was down South for Xmas to see the family and do Chrismassy stuff, I also happened to have an Adventure bike with and be located in an...
02-01-2017 21:45

'Twas the tag before Christmas

\'Twas the tag before Christmas, when all through the Manawatu Not a rider was stirring, not even an Owl; The bikes were parked in the shed with care,...
20-12-2016 21:41

2016 Coast to Coast

Yesterday was the annual Coast to Coast ride which supports our local rescue helicopter so it\'s always a cause worth supporting and an excuse for a t...
10-12-2016 21:45

Not so Forgotten

Yesterday was an important day for one of my nephews so a party was in order and I needed to be there.  Our weather has still not settled down much a...
29-11-2016 21:47

Game of Fours - Blogger Challenge

A fellow moto-blogger, Trobairitz (gee, thanks), tagged me in Game of 4\'s. A challenge in which four questions are provided, to be answered by four ...
15-11-2016 21:48

Ranging not too far and wide

Well, what can I say - it\'s been wet, fairly damn wet.  It seems like every day we have at least some rain - if not a thunder storm or periods torre...
13-11-2016 21:45

2016 1KC

Yesterday was the Distance Riders 1K Cruise and obviously I couldn\'t miss out on this nice little pootle - and it was also time for the Connie to get...
06-11-2016 21:51

Four Points write-up

Finally finished my Four Points write-up.  As usual for my bigger rides you can find it on my website.  Linkee: ...
30-10-2016 21:48

A small reward...

For being such a good girl on my trip... I even washed her after the fresh oil went in!Oh, and is this a happy bash plate"...
27-10-2016 21:47

Day Eight

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22-10-2016 21:44

Day Seven

...
21-10-2016 21:51

Day Six

Cheap Chinese bicycle camera mount... ?...
20-10-2016 21:47

Day Five

...
19-10-2016 21:45

Day Four

...
18-10-2016 21:49

Day Three

...
17-10-2016 21:45

Day Two

...
16-10-2016 21:45

Day One

Somewhere...? ...
15-10-2016 21:49

2016 NI1600 - behind the scenes...

This weekend was the third running of the NI1600, (1,600km in 24 hours) but for all sorts of silly reasons (well, they definitely feel silly now) I ha...
11-10-2016 21:48

Soggy Tag

This weekend I left my riding pretty late and almost didn\'t get one in.  On Sunday the weather was a little hit and miss but by lunchtime I was star...
03-10-2016 21:47

Ten Years!

And 1,189 Posts!  Who\'d a thunk"Back \'06 I didn\'t even know what a blog really was and didn\'t have much of an idea on what I was going to do with...
29-09-2016 21:44

Scrubbing in

So after all the recent maintenance (if you call tyres and oil maintenance") on the Connie it was time to let her off the leash and go for a decent ru...
25-09-2016 21:47

Happy Birthday

Well, a slightly belated one.  First tyres now the good stuff...And now for some action......
23-09-2016 21:49

Job done

Yep, the job is finally done.  not only has the Connie finally got two nice new PR4\'s on but she even flew through her WOF check so is good for anot...
18-09-2016 21:46

Half way...

...through another major wrestle...Yeah, finally getting around to fitting the next set of rubber to the Connie.This time around I got the tyre off fa...
13-09-2016 21:43
 



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