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Mark_S 02-28-2008 09:56 PM

maybe I should have stayed at work....
This thread started as a way of keeping some existing posts together relating to my regular riding area (the Maungakotukutuku Valley) where I go most weekends with my kids.

These are the devil spawn I normally ride with - My sons Tim and Glen.

I then started adding in some reports of other rides and now its become a bit of a hodge podge...

The posts are in no particular order - which wasnt intended its just the way its worked out.

so without further ado...


Maybe I should Have Stayed At Work..

Glen had today off work so after lunch I decided to play hookee(sp?) and go for a ride with him.

We loaded up the bikes and headed up to our local riding area (Maungutukutuku Valley) for some fun.

We decided to play in the forest which is always a blast

How Glen managed to ride around for a while without noticing this was beyond me.

We decided to explore some rougher tracks and I rode round a corner down a drop off and found myself in some nasty mud

Glen bailed at the last minute and avoided my fate.

I wasnt so lucky

It was deeper than my boots and super sticky - we had to jam timber under the frame and lie the bike on the timber to get it out. Must have taken 20 minutes to get it out.

I was so rooted by the time we got it out I though I was going to puke..

This was the worst muck I have ever been stuck in..

We finally made it back to the car and I noticed that my indicator was looking worse for wear.

Oh and to finish the day off my front tire went flat about 500m from the car.

It was an awesome ride - and I'm totally f*cked

Crisis management 02-28-2008 10:06 PM

Looks good, hope we don't get as stuck on Sunday.....

warewolf 02-28-2008 11:53 PM

Mmm, yummy mud!

You know, I couldn't read that without hearing the 450 being wound open to try and get through it :evil

Te Hopo 02-29-2008 12:03 AM

Nice one man, looks like a great trail! :D

motu 02-29-2008 01:15 AM

By the look of where you landed you got a pretty good launch for being caught by surprise.HTFU!

Jaqhammar 02-29-2008 01:31 AM

I'm taking a couple of blokes singletrack riding tommorow.
It's been pissing down here every other day.
I fully expect to be able to produce mud pics similar to yours mate.:lol3

Thanks for the report.

Cheers: Jaq.

Mark_S 02-29-2008 01:41 AM


Originally Posted by Crisis management
Looks good, hope we don't get as stuck on Sunday.....

Wish I could be there with you guys on Sunday (unless its raining of course :evil)


Originally Posted by warewolf
Mmm, yummy mud!
You know, I couldn't read that without hearing the 450 being wound open to try and get through it :evil

I was very restrained ... but the sound of an uncorked 450 being beaten on is chubby material


Originally Posted by Te Hopo
Nice one man, looks like a great trail! :D

Its an awesome trail - just didnt quite expect this in the middle of summer


Originally Posted by motu
By the look of where you landed you got a pretty good launch for being caught by surprise.HTFU!

My son Glen (who got covered in mud helping) was muttering about looking before leaping.

Sylvia 02-29-2008 01:57 AM


Originally Posted by motu
By the look of where you landed you got a pretty good launch for being caught by surprise.HTFU!

Now that is a mud pit!!

Oaters 03-01-2008 11:08 PM

great to see you're still having a blast Mark - cheers S

Mark_S 03-02-2008 01:08 AM

Capital Coast Adventure 2008

On the Friday before the CCA BusaJim organized a ride for some of the Christchurch guys up the Maungakotukutuku Valley so my son Glen and I decided to tag along. We went up after lunch and had a play untill we had to go and meet the others at 2.30.

We got a bit sidetracked as we were meeting the others at the foot of the hill that is just visable at the far end of the valley in the picture below.

We finally met up with the others at 3.00 and headed up towards Orange Hut. We stopped at the turn off to Devils Staircase and regrouped.

We then headed off and regrouped again after the first stream crossing.

It was a bit slippery and quite a few of us had close encounters of the muddy kind...

At this point we realized that we'd lost Pampa so Glen and I headed back to look for his corpse while the others forged on to Orange Hut

We met him coming our way but minus his gearlever which had sheared the shaft flush with the case. So we escorted him slowly (he was stuck in third) back to the road. He was not a happy camper as he was all geared up for the CCA on his near new BMW 650 X-Challenge which he'd only owned for 4 weeks. He declined a ride on our trailer and motored slowly off towards home.

I didnt realize that BMW had already started making its engines in China.

The others all returned safely from Orange Hut shortly after we got back and headed off to set up camp at the school.

Saturday - The Capital Coast Adventure

Just some random photos I took during the ride. What perfect weather and what a great ride. The little DT230 was perfect for this sort of ride - with its low comfortable seat, lightish weight and sweet motor.

Mark_S 03-02-2008 08:43 PM

Maungakotukutuku Diary
Molesworth - Rainbow 21/2/2008

Just some photos taken a week or so ago while on a short holiday with Tri Boy (Scrambler).

We rode to the Molesworth Rd via Port Underwood Rd. This is an awesome road - 50/50 seal/gravel - beautiful views - plenty of curves - just awesome.

And then onto the Rainbow...

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Mark_S 03-02-2008 08:45 PM

Went for a ride up a hioll today... 5/8/2007
it didn't go quite as planed...

Glen and I had arranged to meet Gunna (Tim) at the end of the mungatook valley and ride up a hill to see what we could see....

Gunna was late so Glen and I entertained ourselves by playing in the mud.

Gunna finally turned up (about 3.30) so we headed off to the offending hill.

Glen decided he needed a break and parked his bike.

After we extracted it we headed off with Gunna disappearing rapidly into the distance.

The hill was steep, the ground was slippery and the ruts were deep. If you lost forward momentum you started sliding backwards. By the time Glen and I were half way up we were totally rooted. You couldn't even stand on some sections.

We got to a point where we could not get any further and stopped for a drink.

Gunna, meanwhile, had ridden off the track and down the bank and into a tree. After giving up waiting for help he extracted his bike by himself, went all the way to the top and down the other side and came back up to see where we had got to - this was a bit demoralizing...

With Gunnas expert riding he got our bikes past the nasty bit we were stuck on and we made it to the top as the sun started to set.

Gunna celebrated by throwing himself over his handlebars (we missed the fun unfortunately) and we then all went down the other side in the twilight (no lights on any of the bikes). My bike was so happy to reach the bottom it celebrated by throwing me off half way across a slippery wooden bridge.

We eventually made it back to the cars/vans and loaded up in the dark.

I am totally rooted and sore all over but what a great ride...

Mark_S 03-02-2008 08:47 PM

Went for a ride in the mud today... 4/8/2007
It didn't go quite as planed...

I passed Tim here...

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And hit the tree about here...

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and learnt on the way back to the trailer that front mudguards are useful things...

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instant freckles...

Mark_S 03-02-2008 08:48 PM

Cleaned my bike on Saturday... 26/8/2007
Spent 2 hours cleaning all the crap from Motu-Matawai-Minginui Midwinter Madness 07 off my bike on Saturday. It looked really good.

On Sunday Glen wanted to go for a liitle ride so we went and checked tire pressures etc...

And went to see what we could see..

It was a bit more slippery than we expected..

This is where I dropped the 660..

This is where Glen got stuck (needs a knobby)..

I think I need to clean my bike..

Mark_S 03-02-2008 08:50 PM

Finally a 21" front wheel 19/9/2007
which came with some expensive accessories....

A new Yamaha trenching tool - guaranteed to test the anal sphincter control of an inexperienced adventure rider...

Of course it needed some interesting locations to be run in over...

I havent even owned it a week yet and its already due for its second oil/filter change...



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