June – Ride report

We have got good weather, as it can be good at winter time. Started in a light drizzle, then some “proper” rain, some wind, sunshine and finally a drizzle again. The road conditions were just as “colorful” as the weather. We rode through on roads which were just enough wet to keep the dust on the ground, roads with pools of water, muddy roads and even some dry and dusty roads.

Finally, when we arrived to the coffee shop at the end of the ride, all motorcycles were covered with a healthy layer of mud, dirt and dust, and all five of us had an ear to ear smile.

We need to say thank you to John to recommending this route and being the road captain at this time.

If you missed out on this ride, you can join us on the next KLR Ramblers ride (15 July).

Here are a few pictures I snapped on the ride.

Click on the thumbnail images for the full size pictures.

OsmAnd tutorial

In connection with our March ride, one of the recommended GPS mapping applications was OsmAnd. On the May ride, I have been asked if we can get it working instantly on a phone for the ride. Since I am using a Garmin 62s for a long time now, I am out of touch with the changes of OsmAnd and embarrassingly, I could not get the downloaded GPX file loaded in the map on the spot.

Finally I had the time and could put together a quick tutorial on how to use OsmAnd on our ride. So here we go….

  1. First step is to download and install OsmAnd from Google Play or Apple App Store. After starting the application, you need to download the country specific map to the phone. The map is about 170-200MB, so better to get it done when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
    010.pngI like OsmAnd because it is a good quality software, free to use (including the maps)  and can work off-line, without phone or data coverage, relaying only on the built in GPS in the phone. You even can switch the phone to flight mode to save battery power by disabling cellular and data connection.
  2. Once you have OsmAnd running and you have the map, go to the KLR Ramblers website and download the GPX file for the ride.
  3. Start OsmAnd, touch the menu sign.
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  4. In the menu, select My Places.
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  5. In  “My Tracks” select the “+” sign and find the GPX file you just downloaded.
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  6. When the GPX file is loaded, it will be found in the My Tracks list and you are good to jump to the next step.
    Go back to the main screen and touch the “Navigation” symbol.
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  7. In the navigation option, select the “Settings” sign.
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  8. Roll down to the “GPX Route” option.
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  9. Touch the “Select GPX” option and you will see the list of GPX routes you have uploaded.
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  10. Select the route which you would like to follow, and on the next screen immediately un-select the “Calculate route between points” option.
    Even the most expensive GPS is still unable to read our mind (fortunately), and will take you to places with auto-routing where you did not want to go.
    In my opinion, better to do the research and put your route together by yourself than making extra miles on crowded, boring highways, wasting time and petrol instead of riding on the pleasant tiny gravel roads of the country side.
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  11. Going back to the main screen, you will see the route displayed on the map. Remember, a route in a GPS means a series of way-points connected with straight lines to indicate the order you are planning to pass through those points. Here is a post about way-points, routes and tracks and how these are working. You still need to find the way between those points, but all this laid down over a map, it is rather easy.
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On the June ride we have a GPX file with the route only. I made this tutorial for that ride. On other rides we provided the track as well. If you are loading a GPX track into OsmAnd, you will get a couple of different options when you lay it over the map, but I am sure If you got through this tutorial without trouble, you will deal with that successfully as well.

Take care on the road, and see you on out next KLR Ramblers ride.

 

KLR Ramblers ride – June

The details of the June ride as follow:

  • 24 June 2017
  • Time: 10am
  • Meeting point: Puhoi Domain car park, as usual.
  • Where are we going? See the details below.
  • How are we going to ride? We are expecting you to be able to navigate through the ride on your own by using a map or with a GPS if you have one. (Files and information for both means of navigation are provided below.)
  • The whole ride will take approximately 3.5 hours and will cover roughly 142 km gravel and sealed road.

There will be one auxiliary rider. He or she will leave the start last and will be the last in the pack. You can also contact the auxiliary rider on mobile-phone if need. We will select this rider later and share the phone number with you at the start.

Be prepared to ride on gravel (in various conditions) and sealed public roads. All kinds of bikes are welcome not just KLR650.

Save the date in your calendar and download all the information what you need.

The map:

The GPX file:

Click here for the GPX file.

You must read and accept our “Legal Disclaimer” before joining to the ride.

Click here for the legal stuff.

May ride report

Despite the unstable weather eight of us gathered at the Puhoi Domain car park Saturday morning.

We had everything during the ride. Wet road, dusty road, drizzling, medium rain, heavy rain, sunshine and wind in all sorts of strength. We even run into a convoy of the New Zealand Military Vehicle Club on Kaipara Hills Rd.

I can say all of us had both fun and challenges on this ride, it was a really an adventure.

Thank you for all of you to coming along on this ride.

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Ps.: Mr Bond did not turn up finally. I guess he could not find a helmet in Q’s gadget storage….

KLR Ramblers ride – May

The details of the May ride as follow:

  • 20 May 2017
  • Time: 10am
  • Meeting point: Puhoi Domain car park, as usual.
  • Where are we going? See the details below.
  • How are we going to ride? We are expecting you to be able to navigate through the ride on your own by using a map or with a GPS if you have one. (Files and information for both means of navigation are provided below.)
  • The whole ride will take approximately 3 hours and will cover roughly 110 km gravel and sealed road.

Starting from Puhoi and heading South-West on Krippner Rd, Tahekeroa Rd and Makarau Rd.
Right turn to Burnside Rd then right again on West Coast Rd.
Left turn at Old Woodcocks Rd. Left at Kaipara Flats Rd then follow Tauhoa Rd.
Left turn to SH16 then left turn to Kaipara Hills Rd. Tracing back Old Woodcocks Rd and West Coast Rd then turn left to Ahuroa Rd which will lead us back to Puhoi.

There will be one auxiliary rider. He or she will leave the start last and will be the last in the pack. You can also contact the auxiliary rider on mobile-phone if need. We will select this rider later and share the phone number with you at the start.

Be prepared to ride on gravel (in various conditions) and sealed public roads. All kinds of bikes are welcome not just KLR650.

Last month someone asked if the ride is suitable for a rider with pillion passanger. If you did ride gravel roads with your loved one on the pillion before, this route isn’t going to be a challenge for you.

Save the date in your calendar and download all the information what you need.

The map:

The GPX file:

Click here for the GPX file.

You must read and accept our “Legal Disclaimer” before joining to the ride.

Click here for the legal stuff.

April ride report

Since I could not make it to the ride, Anton was the road captain this time. Here is the account of the ride from him.

Thank you for organizing this ride! Combination of the route, the time of the year and the weather, made the scenery very beautiful.
From my arrival at 9:30 till start of the ride at 10:30, turned up quite a few attendees, me, my self and I, just to name a few. Through the whole ride, there was only three or four splashes to give a dust free experience. It’s become even more amazing when after each splash the sky was clear and sunny with some high clouds. On top of that, fresh autumn air supported by trees and their dropped golden leaves turned almost every corner into an artist’s painting.
Once I got back to Puhoi a short shower went through, giving time to have a snack and wash all dirt from my bike. What a great service!
I’ve never seen such a beautiful autumn in New Zealand.

Here are a few pictures from the ride if you are interested.

Click on the thumbnail images for the full size pictures.

Meet-up

Finally I had the time to process all the pictures from the ride on 08/04/2017 and put it here on the blog. Technically it was not a KLR Ramblers ride, I just tagged along. We had a loads of fun and I am sure, everyone learned something useful there. We did all sorts of exercises like breaking, safe cornering, down-hill, up-hill riding and so on. A big thank you going to Joao for organizing this ride.

Click on the circles for the full size picture.