North Island Rally North Island Rally 25 - 26 March 2022
Rally began in Palmerston North at the Distinction Hotel for a photo shoot. We saddled up and rode to Bulls to listened to a very entertaining an interesting talk from the owner Central House Movers.
We then took a lovely scenic route through farmlands ending at Hansen Café for a delicious lunch.
Next stop was the Manawatu Gorge and another very informative talk on the trials and tribulations of bridging the river and commencing to cut a new road that will eventually be open mid-2024 to take traffic back to the other side of the gorge in 6 minutes!!!!
Once we finished there it was up and over the Saddle Rd to the other side where we were given another talk on the issues faced by the earthmoving team who were starting the new road from that end.
From here Brian advised we were heading to the Mangatainoka Tui Brewery site to their café for coffee and or beer!!!!
From there it was a short ride to Pahiatua and to the weigh bridge. Brian had organised a small competition where we were to guess the weight of the bikes and the weight of the bikes plus all the riders and pillions.
After that it was a free ride back to the hotel for those in the committee to attend their meeting and others to do as they wished until the 1730 hr. meet for pre-dinner drinks in the bar. A very good meal was served.
Then Al Campbell treated us to an insightful look at the training that goes into producing the drug dogs we see at our airports and other places around the country.
Along with a few video clips that followed a young Labrador pup he had taken home to assess, we got a very good look at what the training school/programme that Al is an integral part of, and what he/they do to train and progress these animals into full time working dogs. Thank you, Al, for stepping up at such short notice and letting us into your life and work that gave us a look into what is required to produce these amazing animals.
The evening concluded with the sheriff and some laughs and some awards. It was an excellent Rally.