A flat ride north this week, hopefully as far as Waikawa Beach. We'll take the usual route, up to Waikanae via the old highway, down Te Moana to Peka Peka, round Te Horo via Te Hapua Rd and then on to Otaki Beach. Then we'll head over the new bridge on Rahui Rd and carry on to to Manakau. Lots of turn back options. Coffee most likely at Long Beach.

Last week we had a strangely uncomitted ride to Brown Owl. It was chilly, there was a strong northerly and the clouds over the aka's looked very grey. I was having second thoughts, Mike was having second thoughts, Gary intended to turn round at the Bridges. Somehow, after riding through the cloud at the top of the hill and getting to the bridge we managed to talk each other into going to Brown Owl even though no-one really wanted to. Except Dave, who carried through his impressive plan to ride to Carterton for lunch. Chapeau Dave. As it turns out the rain didn't come and the headwind on the way back wasn't that bad. Or was I just wheel sucking the whole way. I'm not sure.

Tony

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