Some time after Sunday lunch my riding buddy sent me a text to see what my plans were. The Auckland sky was cloudy and it was hard to tell if the weather apps were right ~ would it rain or hold off? I had been for a quick ride on Friday after work through the Waitakeres but he hadn't ridden for over a week and the mere glimpse of clear patches of sky meant he was itching to ride. So I suggested he pop over for coffee and we could see if the weather held and at least he'd get a quick ride in to my place. As he arrived it began to spit but one cup of coffee later and we could again see clear skies so I was quickly dressed and ready and off we set...
One has to keep reminding oneself that we are but half an our away from our homes and about the same from Auckland City central give or take a few minutes. Yet the rolling hills are reminiscent of the scenic calendar shots from great routes around the globe.
We headed up East Coast Road to Silverdale and turned off before Orewa through the Silverdale industrial area to Wainui road and on to Waitoki and then to Hellensville. The road surface was dry and there were few cars on the road. By most accounts the weather would not have been considered outdoor weather but we were nicely attired and it was not windy so for us it was very pleasant riding weather with good visibilty. With so few cars we could focus on actually enjoying the ride itself and the road is just so enjoyable all the way to Hellensville.
We exited Hellensville half way through the town off Wishart road where these stunning pics were snapped on our Samsung Galaxy smart phones. This road has breathtaking sweeping scenery on each side and several safe spots to stop and snap the most amazing green rolling hills. One has to keep reminding oneself that we are but half an our away from our homes and about the same from Auckland City central give or take a few minutes. Yet the rolling hills are reminiscent of the scenic calendar shots from great routes around the globe. This part of the greater Auckland area is still rural with a mix of older simplistic farms and those farms cut up to become more modern, upmarket, sophisticated lifestyle blocks (smallholdings).
It is amazing to pass both tractor and Range Rover as the road winds along a pretty forest with empty cars of adventure sports enthusiasts parked waiting for the muddy feet to return. We travel briefly along Old North road and then back along Peak Road past the Hellensville Golf Club back to Kahikatea Road which was the original road we travelled into Hellensville on. So instead of turning left to Hellensville we head back right and out to Dairy Flat Road which will take us into Albany Village and basically back to where we began near Torbay, North Shore.
Wainui Road is long and straight but light traffic - great riding surface. Wishart Road to Old North not only has stunning views but it also has nice tight twisties. Old North to Peak Road straightens out a bit with some gentle sweeping curves. Peak Road is mostly straight with beautiful long stretches of open roads. Road surfaces are good overall.