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Surveying...

Once again there has been a bit of rain falling around the place and though we weren\'t hit as bad as the East Coast and some other places we did have...
17-06-2018 21:48

No, I hadn't forgotten...

...that this was in my shed... It\'s a long weekend here and yesterday was supposed to be the best day of the weekend weather-wise (forecast is ho...
03-06-2018 21:45

LNI Winter Adv Ride

Perhaps putting "Winter" in the title of this ride wasn\'t the best idea - it perhaps encouraged Mother Nature to get involved and supply some dampnes...
21-05-2018 21:47

Cardboard boxes...

...are great things.† They occasionally magically appear on the doorstep and contain farkles... Maybe it\'s bikkies" To kill the suspense that mus...
06-05-2018 21:48

Buns of steel

The other night I ended my post with the below picture:The bloke in the picture is Chris and Chris has an Iron Butt - he even has the paperwork to pro...
27-04-2018 21:45

Anzac Day

Yesterday was Anzac Day, the day Kiwis and Ozzies remember our veterans and war casualties.  It is a public holiday but a greater and greater number ...
26-04-2018 21:44

Taranaki Tunnel Tour - Part 2

So where was I"  Oh, that\'s right, we\'d just popped out of tunnel 2 or 4 and it was time to head for Whangamomona for a late lunch.  But first the...
17-04-2018 21:44

Taranaki Tunnel Tour - Part 1

Over the past month or so I\'d been closely watching a ...
16-04-2018 21:45

Re-rubbering

Unfortunately no matter how good tyres are they still tend to wear out after a while and it\'s a bit of an inconvenience to this particular motorbicyc...
08-04-2018 21:48

Inspiration for Brandy...

You can do eeit!...
03-04-2018 21:48

Playing in the mud

Long weekends rock!  Especially when you get some nice weather to go out and play in.On Sunday it was the Connies turn to get some loving and after g...
02-04-2018 21:54

A trip to Feilding

So after thunderstorms on Saturday, yesterday turned out to be an absolutely cracker.  I ended up abandoning some of my plans and riding over to the ...
26-03-2018 21:50

Staying off the main drag

On Sunday, fresh from finishing his first TT, Colin invited me along on a road ride and with my sore butt pretty well recovered, how could I say no"On...
14-03-2018 21:50

Oops!

...
13-03-2018 21:49

Yeeha!

Bling has arrived!...
12-03-2018 21:49

2018 TT2000 - Day 9

Day 9"  What happened to Day 8"Well...My plans had included a trip over to Golden Bay to explore a bit more gravel.  But that friendly little cyclon...
08-03-2018 21:49

2018 TT2000 - Day 7

Day 7 was another decent sized run of about 600km from Christchurch to my sister\'s place in Richmond via a few little deteours here and there.I left ...
07-03-2018 21:49

2018 TT2000 - Day 6

The weather in Christchurch on Monday morning wasn\'t particularly inviting (wet and a little chilly) and after by little 2,300km ride over the weeken...
06-03-2018 21:46

2018 TT2000 - Day 2

Day two of my trip was to get me down to Christchurch where the TT was starting.  I had deliberately crossed the straits the day before to give me th...
04-03-2018 21:46

2018 TT2000 - Day 1

Ok, so now that I\'m home I better get a bit more serious with my posts...Day one of this year\'s  TT assault was a short ride to the ferry, across t...
03-03-2018 21:46

Home!

Yep, I got home last night and have been reunited with my little brown dog and a decent computer.  But, I have a lot of editing to do before any dece...
02-03-2018 21:45

Making my way North

Today I had to ignore my sore butt and start heading Northwards by first heading West...Somewhere near Arthur PassFurther up the road I stopped by a g...
27-02-2018 21:46

Puddling about

Today the weather was a little bit average (rain and a brisk, cold wind) so I didn\'t quite do all the riding I had planned.  I still managed to do j...
26-02-2018 21:48

2018 TT2000 done!

Yep, back in Christchurch after 2,300+km of tickee-touring a chunk of the Southern end of the South Island.  No rain, no tickets and only a few GPS i...
25-02-2018 21:46

Proper fun

Another quick blog from the road...Today I met up with Al in Blenheim to tackle the Molesworth again.  He must have been a little keen as he was earl...
22-02-2018 21:45

Charging up

It had been a while since the Connie had a decent run and with her going to be ignored for a few more days I decided to take her for a quick run on Sa...
18-02-2018 21:44

Googling

I was mucking around looking at some of my pictures online and when I right-clicking in Google Photos I decided to check out the highlighted option be...
17-02-2018 21:45

Me leaving work tonight...

True story...Picture pinched from an Advrider post that had pinched it from ...
16-02-2018 21:47

Waitangi Tag

Yes, today was a public holiday so no excuse not to go for a ride eh"  Well, I left it a bit late...I mucked around all day doing other things and ki...
06-02-2018 21:47

Time for a change...

...eventually.  And I\'m not complaining...On Friday night I finally replaced the rear E-07 Dakar on the Tenere.  To say that the Dakar version has ...
22-01-2018 21:50

2018 Ride for Kids

Today I\'d decided to support a local charity ride benefiting kids with Down Syndrome - a nice idea and I was happy to give them my $20.  But things ...
21-01-2018 21:55

Another blimmin camera!

Yep, I slipped on the left mouse button while browsing Trade Me...There had been a number of emails from GoPro offering deals on cameras and I got a l...
16-01-2018 21:50
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

Not a bad idea...

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

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

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

...
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

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

SH1 traffic jam......
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
 



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