evenin, well the weather has turned against us big time.
If you are planning to come to NZ in summer, you definitely need to be prepared for variable conditions. The winds on the ride from Mt Somers to Lake Tekapo were gusting (so we found out later) to 110km/hr. It was a bit of an ordeal, worst part was riding behind a hedge in relative calm for a while and then popping out from behind it to be blasted, the bike was tossed across the road much like passing a road train.
Bloody hell it's cold. Coming from Brisbane we are not accustomed to clod weather in the middle of summer.
Wilmo - yep wire wheels, but we had a problem. Woody had a problem with the mob that do his custom hub machining they sent over two rear hubs that had manufacturing defects... basically they had machined the bore in the hub with a taper in it and the bearings wouldn't press in properly. So the bikes have a spoked front and the OEM cast rear until I can get it sorted out, just didn't get time to sort it out before we left with all the planned jobs that inevitably have been left to the last minute. Woody reckons they will fix em no worries, but for now I am sure the cast wheels will be fine... might be a different story when we get to Africa though, but that's for a later story.
With the weather turned against us we have been holed up in Wanaka for a few days doing tourist stuff, but tomorrow we are on the bikes to Glenorchy. We have a tip that it's a fantastic road from a local bloke who rides a Harley, apparently there is some dirt and with the forecast of very heavy rain we have been warned to expect problems getting through, should be fun.