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Old 10-18-2013, 11:37 PM   #211
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I guess you'll be attending the annual celebratory Molesworth opening day ride to hamner & back thru rainbow on Dec 28th?
Numbers were down last year to me & Pete. Still more gravel & less dust for us which is the good part


Funnily enough when I was deciding whether or not to leave Aland where I'd lived for 30 odd years it was Blenheim that made the decision for me. I'm not one for change much (see how long it takes me to replace a back tyre for instance), I was riding my mtb down the wide roads around dinner time & saw people doing the same kind of things in their houses that people did in Aland- listening to the radio while doing their gardening, playing with kids etc. It was the same kind of life however there seemed to be more depth to it. The pastimes are easier get into as the access is quicker. There is a real love for the environment down here.
We would have gone to Blenheim or Nelson but Bec got a job in Nelson first- decision made. The difference in the cost in housing then was a major part. I guess it may be the same since we hear a lot about house prices in Aland. Blenheim has crept up quite a bit with any 'lifestylers' planting grapes as fast as they could.
Every body down here really seemed to get into clubs- I was into Tris & the outdoors etc & after joining the local Tri club i made more friends in the first 6months than I prob did in my life in Aland.
The region is made up of immigrants & they seem to go out of their way to welcome new blood.

Please make sure you bring all your spares down here so I can have a rifle thru them while you are at work

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Old 10-19-2013, 12:33 AM   #212
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I guess you'll be attending the annual celebratory Molesworth opening day ride to hamner & back thru rainbow on Dec 28th?
Numbers were down last year to me & Pete. Still more gravel & less dust for us which is the good part
28th... is the target date to have the XT up and running...
better get my A into G or it won't happen...
can't even start it at the moment... Disconnected the ignition
from the ECU... Now I need the red ignition key to re-programme it...
they have forgotten how to talk to each other....Guess what.....it's in bloody Blenheim..
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:37 AM   #213
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Please make sure you bring all your spares down here so I can have a rifle thru them while you are at work
I am not sure how soon I'll be down there. It will depend on how quickly the house sells. Hopefully I won't end up wasting my summer break on the move.

Yes, I'll bring what I have, which is not much. I need a new left mirror myself, since I smacked my one into a post, while keeping too far left. I am looking forward riding the Molesworth again, the rainbow will be new territory. I've noticed that there is a short cut though the Taylor pass road to get to the Awatere Valley. I can't wait to explore it all.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:38 AM   #214
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Bring the XR & hack so I don't have to carry so many tools for my reliable BMW - I want to have a ride on it to see if I should build one.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:43 AM   #215
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Bring the XR & hack so I don't have to carry so many tools for my reliable BMW - I want to have a ride on it to see if I should build one.
I sold the XR a while ago , It went to Nelson.. then missed having a 250....
So I bought a 05 TTR250....

The Taylor pass.... is there another way into the Awatere valley....
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:36 AM   #216
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The Taylor pass.... is there another way into the Awatere valley....
why???
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:04 AM   #217
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Yes, been wanting to make the move for a while now. I had the choice, but felt more comfortable in Blenheim.
If you reeeealy want to fit in you'll need the correct clothing..... One of those jackets with the buckles up the back and the really long sleeves.
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If you reeeealy want to fit in you'll need the correct clothing..... One of those jackets with the buckles up the back and the really long sleeves.
Here's one of the locals
Looks like the Nelson version to me. The bad teeth give it away.
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If you reeeealy want to fit in you'll need the correct clothing..... One of those jackets with the buckles up the back and the really long sleeves.
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Hey, thats me when I lived there
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I've seen your nose, it didn't look anywhere near as good.
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why???
Taylor's pass is quite nice, I've ridden it a couple of times now. Good surface single lane road undulating over the hills. Runs straight out of the Blenheim burbs so you miss all that SH1.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:24 PM   #222
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Taylor's pass is quite nice, I've ridden it a couple of times now. Good surface single lane road undulating over the hills. Runs straight out of the Blenheim burbs so you miss all that SH1.
yes that's the way I always go. I was wondering from Petes post if it had been closed or something. I think now he meant 'Could there be any better way to get into Awatere - No" but then again maybe I've misinterpreted it.
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Basil has a new home in Rapaura. We'll be down there on the Jan.15. Hope to get some riding in, before work gets the better of me.
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Oh cool. Just watch those pissed greyheads coming out of the winerys along there. It.s a good road to zoom along till someone pulls out on ya. We should have a intro ride when you get settled in.

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Basil has a new home in Rapaura. We'll be down there on the Jan.15. Hope to get some riding in, before work gets the better of me.
molesworth as backyard(well nearly)
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