Nelson
Monday, 06 March 2017 09:49

TRMCC Canterbury Dice run

TRMCC Canterbury Dice run

Our journey started 9.30am at three brothers corner with Nelson Chapter Chris, Lisa, Terry, Dean, Murray, Bob, Jo and Andrew, then meeting up with Dave from Nelson and Mark and the Marlborough Chapter in Murchison for brunch. Traffic wasn't too bad and the weather was perfect.

Next stop, Springs Junction to join up with the Christchurch Chapter for lunch and register for the Dice Run. On route to Spring Junction was our first WTF moment, rounding a bend we came across a Police Officer in the midst of a U turn. After some heavy braking, the officer completed his turn, began his pursuit & apprehension of the Boy racer criminal, class complete with mat black vehicle & hoddie. We all made it to Springs Junction, on time for Lunch. We all registered and had our first throw of the dice.

We all set off for Berlins Café to meet up with the West Coast Chapter and the next throw of the dice. Chris waiting up the road to capture some footage. Then came the next WTF moment. Some newly sealed road, complete with loose gravel, not signposted, Andrew on his Speed Triple went off the road, but managed to keep it up right, through the grass and back on the road again. No damage done. A couple of other riders including young Steve H from Canterbury also had a grit your teeth moment on that gravel as well, Everyone made it safely to Berlins Café for a “cuppa” and throw of the dice.

Next stop McManus Hotel Westport, via the lower Buller Gorge, always a pleasant ride. No events to report on this leg of the journey (maybe apart from Ken on his new “modern” bike from Canterbury getting used to his power”. After a “cuppa” and a throw of the dice, it was time to roll out.

Off we went to our next stop Punakaiki Tavern, Lunch supplied, Pizza & chips. Very handy for soaking up all the cuppas that have been had.

Off we go again, a quick trip for some, more leisurely for the sensible, soon after we all arrived at The Rapahoe Hotel For the final throw of the dice. A count up revealed the winners. ….

Then our final stop for the night “The Blackball Hilton” with its choice of colourful rooms, very tastsefull... purple. Then it was time for few ales at the bar, and de brief on the days events. We were finally ushered into the dining room. While Chis had everyone seated in the dining room, an impromptu auction took form, with the gier of rasing money for the needy. The combination of alcohol and banter, a tidy little sum was raised for the Canterbury Chapters coffers. The rest of the night disappeared into “what happens away, stays away”
The next morning brought breakfast for those that could. Then a slow ride home. All said and done another great Dice run, Thanks Canterbury.

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