|The GoPro even played ball for a while...|
Turakina Valley Road has to rate as one of my favourite gravel roads - it's pretty easy riding and offers some great views. Up at the Northern end the gravel was in superb condition and speeds were high. The only delay I had was when I came across a farmer moving some cattle along the road.
|A bit of cloud hiding Ruapehu|
Eventually Turakina Valley Road petered out at Tangiwai and we carried on towards Ohakune where we stopped so ScooterBob could check out the big carrot.
From Ohakune we rode up to National Park where we caught up with Neil for lunch and discussed the route we were going to take home. I decided we'd have to checkout another nice valley...
Leaving National Park we cruised down to Raetihi where the Vee was refueled (just in case) for the trip back. South of Raetihi we turned East onto Oruakukuru Road which was to take us over to our next valley.
Oruakukuru Road eventually led us onto Whangaehu Valley Road and after riding the sealed section (and some road works) to Kakatahi, we turned left to continue down the Whangaehu Valley.
|Nice shady spot|
The ride down the valley was pretty special but somehow I forced myself to stop for more pictures for ScooterBob's scrapbook.
|Hanging on for dear life...|
Eventually the gravel ran out and we settled in for a quiet cruise home via Fordell and then boring old SH3 all the way back to Palmy. The Vee was parked up just after four and 400 odd fun kms showing ScooterBob some of our local gravel. I hope he enjoyed the adventure.
More pics here.