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  1. Dartplayer

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    :joy:I can relate, but we are not as affected by snow/salt as you are, so sympathise. I do enjoy your summer ride pics, so share the same.
     
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  2. alfie

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    Brilliant write up, thank you.
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  3. Dartplayer

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    #23 Dartplayer, Mar 1, 2020
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    Really fun poker run. A, B, and some offbeat roads with no markings or signage. :party:
    Some Nelson members had to Marshall the route for safety.:sun:

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  4. Dartplayer

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    #24 Dartplayer, Mar 1, 2020
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    End of day 3 had great meal followed by fundraising auction and prize giving.
    I won best bike under 1200cc for the subtle (or not so) customisation. Was a nice surprise with so many (150+) bikes there. :party::heart:
    Long night and too many beers :cool::cool:.

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  5. Dartplayer

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    Day 4 was hard work and I didn’t make breakfast. Time to head back north, but some time for a scenic ride before the ferry.

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    NI members filled the Main Street of Picton for refreshments
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    Pie warmer and slice cabinet looked good
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    Local delicacies of Durville island oysters and Queen Charlotte mussels :kissing_heart:
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    Once ferry docked, we raced to Whanganui with a gas stop at Levin. Made the hotel on nightfall. Checked in and nice Thai meal before bed

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  7. Easy Tiger

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    Brilliant trip Dartplayer, I remember eating Green lipped muscles in Nelson, absolutely beautiful.:D
     
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  8. Easy Tiger

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    Ah! I've been in the Captains Daughter, but I've never been in the pub.:joy:
     
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  9. Wessa

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    Another set of fabulous pictures, thanks for posting....
     
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  10. Dartplayer

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    Day5: full English breakfast at the old Grand Hotel prepared us for the big ride home. We were able to store our bike in the hotel garage that had some well maintained autos.

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    #31 Dartplayer, Mar 2, 2020
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    Back tracked to be able to ride famous Rangipo Desert Road, an awesome experience.
    Butt suffered after nearly 7 hours, with only KFC at Taupo and gas stops

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    Not a great video of all the views, but gives you an idea of the isolation. Closes regularly in winter from snow/ice.
     
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    Hi Dartplayer, Hope everybody got back safely. Fantastic trip. :cool:
     
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    Thanks @Easy Rider yes all safe by all accounts. Saw some close calls with ignorant cars changing 5 lanes at once to get to an off ramp nearly collecting one of our guys merging right :imp: but fantastic trip with 2 bucket list rides.
    Body is sore after 2000km and bike needs servicing and new rear tyre :heart:
     
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