Monday, March 25, 2013

"Gentle Annie"

Last weekend I decided on a ride through the Napier to Taihape road. Known by the locals as Gentle Annie it is an amazing motorcycling road with very little traffic.
The only truck I managed to snap was this new KW with a load of longs on Highway 50, but I managed to cut the end of the logs off.

I'm not sure if this is the highest point of the road. but a magnificent view back to the Hawkes Bay.
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Further west Mount Ruapehu was visible ahead with its head in the clouds.
There are many corners like this with a good view of the road ahead.
Home through Mangaweka of course...
...and over the Saddle Road past the Te Apiti wind farm.
A very enjoyable day and a total of 556kms and about 9 hours on the road including photo stops and lunch.
I almost had a change of plans when I saw the vintage machinery day was happening at Takapau, but like a true motorcyclist I decided the great weather was too good not to take advantage of.

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