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Old 08-03-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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Wink MMMMM 2010 - North Island NZ

The annual Minginui Matawai Motu Midwinter Madness ride has become an important event on the central North Island ADV calendar since it began in 2004.

This year nearly 40 riders decided to brave the cold, and the forecast rain to ride some of the more remote and scenic roads in the area.

I volunteered to be Tail End Charlie this year, and with 35+ riders to round up, I didn’t have a lot of time to take photos, but hopefully others will chip in and add their photos to the report. There are also some more photos in this thread.

The ride started at Clintnz’s on Friday afternoon, with a ride over the twisty tarseal of the Rotomas and Matahina dam, before the first gravel of the day, through the pine forest to Murupara. From there it was a pleasant afternoon ride through the forestry roads of Kaingaroa forest, leading us to the Rangitaiki Tavern just before dark. After a few beers, and an excellent homemade mince and cheese pie we retired to our cabins for the evening. The cabins are old forestry huts, and despite having no insulation, they were surprisingly cosy.

We awoke to a combination of a heavy frost, and thick fog



But at least it wasn’t raining

Other riders started arriving from different directions, and warned us about the amount of ice on the road. There were also healthy amounts of ice forming on jackets, goggles, and eyebrows. After about 10km of icy, foggy highway we were pleased to turn off into Kaingaroa forest, to retrace our steps from the previous evening. The fog cleared once we were in the forest, and it was very pretty with everything covered in a thick layer of frost. Less pretty was the layer of ice on the exit of the second stream crossing which took a few people by surprise.

The worst of the frost had disappeared once we emerged from Kaingaroa, but it was still pretty cold. From there it was a scenic run through to Lake Waikaremoana, with lots of opportunities for photos





I let Clint take over the camera for a while, so he could get some photos of me in my orange Tail End Charlie attire







The panorama software on my computer is really crap, especially with wide angle photos, so you’ll just have to imagine a nice smooth section of road here:



Then I got the camera back, so I could get a photo of Clint riding over Mokau Falls. I was only carrying my wide angle lens, so was suffering the curse of the dot-motorcycle



We had lunch at the motorcamp at Lake Waikaremoana, then followed a mixture of gravel and seal to the spacious motorbike parking of the Tiniroto pub.



The calves across the road were really interested in the motorbikes and crowded along the fence to get a good look at them.



From Tiniroto we followed the gravel to Journey’s end station where we were staying for the night. Hospitality at the station was excellent, as always. And we beat the Aussies in the Rugby.

Sunday morning dawned a bit grey and drizzly, but luckily the drizzle didn’t last too long, and we had a fairly dry trip down the Motu road. There was much trepidation about the river crossing half way along the road, and I was drawn into several discussions about the best line to take through the river. So you can imagine our disappointment when we arrived at the stream and found it completely dry.

At the end of the Motu road the group started to head off in different directions (intentionally or otherwise). We were on our way back to Clint’s place via several interesting gravel back roads when it started to rain, which made the road very slippery and caused a few tense moments. The rain became heavier during the afternoon, and soon Clint, Colin and I were soaking wet… in the local hot springs
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:31 PM   #2
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:11 AM   #3
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and soon Clint, Colin and I were soaking wet… in the local hot springs
Hey, that's enough of that kinky Ménage à trois stuff , this is a family forum!
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:47 AM   #4
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:56 AM   #5
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:58 AM   #6
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Well... i'm home already.

I met the MMMMM ride mob at Lake Waikaremoana and left them at the Tiniroto pub.

It was freakin cold riding down, but a beautiful day once it warmed up a bit.

I've uploaded my photo's here: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...53366961_BSNdn

I was first at the Lake, and was met by a shop owner who said, "You better not be the only bike, otherwise you've got 14 pies to eat!" I thought... "hmm yeah... I could do 14 pies.."

So got myself my first pie.. and a coffee and watched the bikes coming in....



I was surprised at the turnout... a few 950/990's, some 640E's, SM and Adv's, KLR's DR's, a DRZ, WR250's, XTR and XTX's, XR650R's, and a few BMW GS8/12's and a few other oddbods.



Clint counted 39 bikes.







After a regroup and defrost, pie and coffee... everyone had fueled up and headed off the Wairoa for another gas and go.




And then off again to Tiniroto pub...



Where we stopped for a bit of a chinwag and filling up of a different kind...



After the stop at the pub we set off again, with the group turning up Pihiri Road, and me carrying on to head back to Gisborne.

It was only a short day rode for me, but still a lot of fun. Good to meet a few faces to match with names, and to have a chat with Clint and Rosie again.

Thanks to Clint and Rosie for organising the ride. Next year I'll try to do the whole thing.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:02 AM   #7
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Awesome ride thanks Clint and Rosie. I'll be back next year.




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Old 08-04-2010, 04:37 AM   #8
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great stuff Rosie!

and Clint...and Bart...and KiwiPeet

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Couple pics

Pan of Lake Waikaremoana





The ford with no water, most went over it with a look of 'WHAT THE?' on there faces :)




Joe taking one for the team.........

A good layer of ice on the entry/exit of this ford where logging trucks had been going thru. Dam the bike went down hard and some damage to crash bars(unpaid for yet I believe!) but they worked.


Rest of my pics HERE

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Thanks for all the extra photos!
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May as well add a bit of video in.

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Old 08-05-2010, 03:08 AM   #12
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Oh you guys, now the whole world knows i crashed.....
a couple photos from me while i was up right..
Lake Waikaremoana road

over hanging rocks,,, hows that staying up there....

a cool bike,

and my bike not on its side...



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Old 08-05-2010, 01:36 PM   #13
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Cool shots guys! We're thinking of doing a laid back trip through Waikaremoana closer to summer with a focus on messing around & taking photos.

If anyone is touring over summer & is interested in staying out at Journey's End Station, they have some much nicer accomodation back on the farm, have a look at their site: http://journeys-end-stn.co.nz/

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Cool shots guys! We're thinking of doing a laid back trip through Waikaremoana closer to summer with a focus on messing around & taking photos.

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Right. Well perhaps I'd better not miss that one then!
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Right. Well perhaps I'd better not miss that one then!
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