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Old 09-05-2019, 03:05 PM   #31
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A walk to the pub...hallelujah!










Great idea!!
Give the Councillors SOMETHING worthwhile to do and turn the chambers into a craftgroup.
They'd most probably crochet their elbows to their arse, but at least that'd stop some of the shyte they produce.





Another winner! Typical Kiwi practicality....if the band gets too loud (or pissed), just hitch the trailer to any of the farm hacks out there... and drag 'em outta town.








Pongaroa CBD...the hustle & bustle puts Bangkok to shame, aye?












And YES, they did have real beer, too!! On tap!










Don't trip over the Harley in the foyer....





Pongaroa...it didn't take long to learn and like this little place.


That'll get the gear dry by the morning.... :-)


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Old 10-05-2019, 01:27 PM   #32
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With Doug and Rog off to Palmerston North, it's down to 2 for the day.

The plans are for a rough figure-8 loop to snare a few local gems while checking out the true fuel-reach of those DR/XT tanks...it could get pretty close.
First a 10min tack down south on Rt.52 before some uncertain gravel of Puketoi and Pori roads....






https://isn.page.link/cZzf


OH YEAH!! THIS is sweet!!
























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Old 10-05-2019, 01:28 PM   #33
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Yeah, well...whatever.
Bugger the signs, this is waaayy too much fun

The tiny Puketoi Rd. certainly proved one of the Top10 finds of the fortnight's trip for me.






....which lands you right on Pori Rd., another road skimming the ridges and
the next gem on the list, despite the bleak skies.









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Just about to veer up north again for a couple of km's on Rt.52 for the turn off into Waihoki Valley Rd.











Waihoke Valley Rd....there still must be a school bus going up here.
And there's a maze of little roads all over the place.









The road squeezes through a narrow, gorge-like end-of-valley and climbs up to Huia Rd....




... before a sharp tack and slow climb up some steeper stuff, Spur Rd.
Which opens up the vistas again














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Old 10-05-2019, 01:29 PM   #35
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...a quick check of the GPS....





....and it's down the wrigglies of Marainanga Rd. to the asphalt of the Coast Rd. to Akitio Beach.







DEEEELISH!!


Akitio is only a small collection of holiday homes with a narrow beach and a sandbar where the river comes out....so it's up the sealed main road (River Rd.) in search for the Glenora Rd. turnoff, which didn't turn out all that confusing despite a name change mid-way through....just follow the signs to Ti Tree Point through the coastal farmland.
Glenora Rd./ Esdaile Rd. sure beat the sealed stuff... but lack the tight, more intense and somewhat coarser "grab" (as well as the vistas) of the Huia & Spur Rds only an hour earlier.






Some swooping asphalt east to Herbertville on the coast.... as FINALLY!! the skies clear up, if only for a short while.





As the season seems to have finished for the tiny Herbertville Pub, it's back to the historic Wimbledon Tavern on Rt.52 for a bit of a late lunch.








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