Sunday, March 8, 2009

2009 Westpac Helicopter Ride

After the weather during the week had been from sunny clear days to full on wind and rain, I wondered just what it would be like on Sunday for the 2009 Westpac Helicopter charity ride - fearing the worse. Well it turned out a beautiful day with a good turnout. The day started with the meeting of the group at Caltex in Fanshawe Street at 7:00 am for the first ride of the day to the Karaka Bloodstock sale yards near Papakura.

There were about 1000 bikes, and most had pillion passengers. This is half of them. There was a good turn out from the Cruiser Group too and I met a couple of old friends from the past - Gus from school and Jock from Fletcher days. Hope to see you guys on some more runs.

We rode down the motorway and every overbridge had people waving. This year we had the outside lane only, so there were cars on the motorway at the same time as the cavalcade of bikes. Then off at Wellesley and down Queen Street, along Fanshawe (again) and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to the Akoranga campus. Through all those traffic lights there was only one colour... green. Police held traffic back so we had a clear run.

After the long queue for coffee and a look through the rescue helicopter we took Hwy 16 and through Woodcocks to lunch in Warkworth. All in all very civilised.

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