(The Nelson members are a cooperative bunch. Clearly Dale had circulated his ride report for Comment or correction. And he got them! I did think the kind assistant editor could have made a bit more effort, though, when I proof read it for the Newsletter before finding it wouldn’t fit! Nelson edits are in red, mine in blue. At least now I know I’m not the only anal-retentive member of BMWOR.
Our December ride was up to St. Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes National Park.
I had to be in Blenheim on Saturday night so Revti agreed to be ride leader on Sunday morning for me whilst Ethan
& and I met up with Raefe & and Peter in Renwick, we then rode up the Wairau Valley together to meet up with everyone else from Nelson who had come up via Golden Downs,(Oh no we didn’t – we came via Korere, bypassing Golden Downs) which was a great ride except for the very heavy rain which decided to go away about 5 kms after we had stopped to put on our wets.
The planned picnic on the lake front was sunny, but a wee bit damp due to the occasional rain showers, Gretchen still managed her swim in the lake though, brrr !!
I had used our training cones to set out a small lighthearted gynkhana gymkhana
& and surprisingly this was well used considering the rain & and slippery grass (ask Tony how slippery it was). A big thank you to Krista the Road Safety Co-ordinator @ at Tasman dDistrict cCouncil for the digital pressure gauges & and tyre tread depth indicators that I handed out as spot prizes, there were enough for everyone.
Once we had had enough playing around in the rain, we went our seperate separate ways home, some via Blenheim, some via Golden Downs.
& and us 2 boys went back via Kawateri Junction, Dry wWeather rRoad & and Sherry River Rd which had some pretty thick, lumpy, gravel/rocks on it; still enjoyable though.
Unfortunately we were subjected to more rain on the way home, but decided to push on
& and ride through it, a good idea as it cleared after 10 minutes.
Group photo by Dale, those below by Sue Verma.
Gretchen on her lovely new bike.
Rain, grass and V-Stroms don’t seem to mix. (Take note, Bruce, Lance, Barry etc.)
William demonstrating the no throttle slalom
Raefe negotiating the circle of death.