Dargaville 25 Apr

FAR NORTH ST JOHN CHARITY RIDE TODAY IN DARGAVILLE. Leaving BP Silverdale at 09-00 with 9 bikes. We took the direct route up Highway1 as far as the bottom of the Brynderwyns. Took a left turn along Highway 12 heading towards, Mangaturoto, on to Paparoa where we took a quick comfort stop. On our bikes again, off we went bound for Dargaville. We took the direct route to ensure we got there in plenty of time as the Far North contingent were expecting to pull into Dargaville around mid day.

We got there nice and early, arriving at the St Johns station in Dargaville just after 11:00am. Much too early for them, so we thought it was a good idea to head up the road to support the local cafe for a coffee and a snack. We went back to the station and met up with the bulk of the ride, it was really heart warming to see the carpark almost full. Badges, raffle tickets and tickets for the BBQ lunch were on sale. A sit down lunch was served around 12:30pm.

Some of us couldn't stay for lunch as we had other commitments, so after buying a badge, I pulled out of the carpark with around half a dozen riders in tow. We headed back via State Highway 14, turned into Snooks Road, then onto Old School Road, which linked us back onto the Oakleigh -Paparoa Road. What a great route, even managed to find two new roads for me, and what awesome roads they turned out to be. At Paparoa, we turned left onto Highway 12, down to the intersection of State Highway 1 at the bottom of the Brynderwyns where we wanted to turn right to head back towards home. What a pig of an intersection that was today, so much traffic, thankfully we all managed to get across safely and stayed together after a few minutes wait.

We stayed on SH1 as far as Wellsford, it was a slow ride back due to the heavy traffic, thankfully everyone was happy to be patient and stay with the group. We stopped for a coffee, cake and comfort stop at a great bakery on the left hand side of the road in Wellsford. From there we had a wee squirt down Highway 16, the lighter traffic was a pleasant surprise. We all went our separate once we got to Peak road, and the motorway network.

Thanks guys for coming along to support the annual Far North St Johns fundraiser. Can't wait for next year!! One more badge for the collection, 505Km's for me door to door. Can't think of a better way to spend a fine Autumn day.

Writeup and photos by Chris Moller.