R7 - Old Tauranga Road

KiwiClaire

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I haven't really had much chance to try my new R7 (thanks @bslaws !) on the open road yet (working too much) but I got the chance to spend a weekend in Tauranga the other week, and SH2 between Auckland and Tauranga is usually good for a few test encounters... Unfortunately I was out of luck on the way down, despite the busy Friday evening traffic (really was expecting at least a couple), however on the way back up I was in luck and was able to find out what the R7 can do.

Heading back on Sunday afternoon, the weather was great and it's spring time, and I decided to take the scenic route - hopefully see some lil lambies and general pretty spring rural-ness, with also the possibility of some mild fanging.. ;) However, just after I turned off SH2 on to the Old Tauranga Rd the R7 went off and rapidly ramped up on 34.7. Initial detection was as I passed the font of the Waihi gold club (see map below), and was very strong as I crossed Woodlands Rd on the northern corner of the golf course. Signal strength topped out as I reached the following hill brow, and then sequentially weakened and strengthened as I traversed small valleys and crested hills, respectively. This just kept going on and on though, there were a couple of little road works zones, and I though "the sneaky bugger...."only to find the coast was clear... I was getting mighty curious about where and when (and possibly if) I might spy our friends in blue when after approximately 5 km I found a breath and licence check stop at the Old Tauranga and Frankton cross roads.... lol. Luckily I had updated my rego online that morning after realising it was almost 2 weeks out :p
Anyway, now I know this is no record detection, and the road is pretty straight, however the land is rolling small valleys and hills, and there are quite a few big trees and shelter belts etc., so I was still pretty impressed.


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Nice detection. Always good to get confirmation that our units are working as intended, not every save has to be extraordinary to see how these things save our butts.
 

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Nice. I guess at least one patrol car was stopped facing you?
 

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Nice. I guess at least one patrol car was stopped facing you?
Hi Lou! :)

Yup, one of them was facing my direction, beaming his whereabouts like a great radar searchlight across the land lol. If I was enjoying nice a Sunday after driving gin then I would have found it extremely easy to circumnavigate the location, but as I was fully legit I was quite curious to see where they might be :)
 

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It's pretty telling about the quality of todays cops that they don't think to turn off their radars at checkpoints and/or Lidar traps.
But, I guess if it's about quantity of tickets not quality, then they don't worry about detector users.
You're gin drinker? My wife has just discovered pink gin and cocktails featuring it.
I'm more rum and vodka.
 

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I thought it was quite funny, although I noticed the same thing over 10 years ago when I first got a decent detector (Beltronics STI XR), there would be at least one with his/her radar blazing at any given alcohol checkpoint etc lol. Rather convenient for some lol.

Definitely - it's now hip with the kids, but was drinking gin before it was cool ;) I haven't yet done the pink gin thing strangely, although tried many other delicious versions but, I have some Absolut peach vodka sitting in the cupboard which has yet to tempt me (old chrismas gift) maybe Lou would appreciate it more than me? ;)
 

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Thanks, but no thanks. I'm not into ready flavoured spirits apart from Limoncello.
This might sound weird, but I have ginger ale with rum, plain or spiced. Sailor Jerry, Kraken etc.
But my real love is wine. We've found the Aladdins Cave of wine, Finer Wines in Katikati.
 

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