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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 gravel road that I'd only done once, years ago.

The "Badlands" are to be found on Kauarapaoa Road, tucked in behind Wanganui in what most people would call the wop-wops.  On one particular corner there was (now I've given something away) a sign welcoming you to the Badlands and along the fence line used to be various goat skulls and hides - for non-NZ readers, goats are an introduced pest and are very destructive as they will eat anything...

Anyway, I didn't head out Saturday, instead opting for today and before I got ready I messaged Rodney to see if he was keen.  He was busy but when I said it was just going to be short ride he decided that he could make it all of a sudden...

The first bit of our ride was tarmac only across to Wanganui where we stopped for a quick bite before going in search of gravel.

Mmmmm, Pukeko's...
Thirsty pig!A few kms up the road it was time to turn off the main road and head North on Rangitatau East Road.  I should had the camera going on the seal as I forgot how nice this road is even while on seal as you wind your way through some very nice bush.  Eventually we found the gravel.

Look, there it is, I'm standing on it!For a fair chunk of the road the metal was fairly loose so we didn't break any speed limits and just took in the neat road and some nice scenery.

There was a surprising amount of traffic on the road tooWe stopped just before the turn-off to the Badlands and I attempted to take some photos but my crappy little camera ended up taking crappy pictures - should have used the phone...

It was actually a lot nicer (lighter) than this in real life...
Is that you Rodney"
There's supposed  to be bikes in this picture...Just before we left I was to see a little VW Golf go past and I think it'd just come out of Kauarapaoa Road.  What"  It couldn't have - it can be a bit gnarly in the Badlands...

Well, it was time to check it out for ourselves.  Dropping down the hill, the road was the driest I've seen it and the road in pretty good condition with a lot less grass growing in the middle of the road...

A particularly tricky bit...While it wasn't fast riding, it was easy riding with the road in its current condition.  A bit of rain would have made things a little different.

So not quite the adventure it has been in the past and then there was the next disappointment...

Approaching the Badlands I was in for a shock, the sign was gone and the place had been cleaned up.  You could see across the paddock to a nice house in a picturesque spot, the only goats in sight were all very much alive and keen to stay away from motorcycles.

The last of the gravel opened up a bit and allowed the use of a few more gears but then, as always, it ran out and become a nice windy bit of tar.

After pu...
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