- Jul 26, 2003
- New Zealand
I don't tour the country on my bike, I like to stick to back roads, and if good riding country entails too much main road riding, I just go back to my favorite roads. I've only had a digital camera since 2003, so that is where recording of photos on computer began. On my end of year ride down to Awakino for a beer at the pub, I've been looking for this sign where I took a photo of my 1987 Honda XLV750 in 2003. I thought I found the remains of it here...but it doesn't seem quite right. This is from the bottom of the hill leaving Marakopa. But in 2003, the Marakopa hill was sealed, this is the XLV750, looking down on the seaside village of Marokopa. I'll have to look somewhere else next time I'm down that way. A few years ago, looking back at Marokopa with the BMW R65. It was a hairy road back in the days when I took the XLV750 on it, but now all but 12km has been sealed, so yesterday had road tyres on. But there are still very tight dangerous roads down there. Near the Awakino end, Taumatamaire Rd comes into Manganui Rd, I get onto it from SH3...have to do nearly 20km of main road to get there. A couple of years ago, coming out. Last year I did Pomarangai Rd, which cuts in a lot further north. I've done them more than once, but don't think I'll do them again, they are not difficult roads, just very narrow, windy, and absolutly nowhere to pass. In places if I'd met an oncoming car, I'd be down a cliff. I'll come back with some more before and after pics.