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Old 11-03-2010, 01:04 AM   #76
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Clarence Ride Report...

(Posted here as well as KB just in case the mods there are a bit anal...)

Well the band of merry travellers headed off from Nelson on the dot of 7:13:25 on Saturday morning, headed for Kaikoura and the mythical Clarence.

We lost Bertie and Ginger to ack ack over the Wangamoas and Bubbles was last seen near the Slip Inn out Havlock way with the Hun in pursuit.

It was left to Padmei and myself to finish the mission.

Arriving in Kaikoura we pulled in for fuel and Subway.

Mmmmmm.... Bottomless hot chocolate...

We finally tore ourselves away and went inland, searching for the turn off point for the Clarence run. Which is nowhere near the Clarence River or Clarence Bridge which are quite a few klicks the other side of town and merely decoys.

It took a great deal of brilliant navigating to find the right place to turn right. Alright?

We contacted the agent there and had to do the usual name, rank and serial number bizzo and were sent on our way with the words "be out by 5 or I'll kick your arses." rattling around in our heads.

Note: Must get better earplugs. These don't stop rattling.

The sky was grey and foreboding.
No idea what it boded but we had no time for that sort of thing.
We were on a mission.
11:08:02


1st stop was when Padders nearly lunched it. But some old #8 wire and a cable tie and the lunch was saved - hurray!
11:16:58


Visibility was minimal. We think they truck it in specially.
11:31:11


Blind Saddle? What a stupid name.
11:36:32


We were hoping something would happen as it was going to be lethal further on if the conditions stayed like this.
The road was slick clay and the fog made it about 3.8deg
11:41:10


Blue stuff sighted!
11:42:18


Thank goodness!
Things were warming up now. About 11 deg.
11:58:20


Interesting rock formations caused by millenia of rocks, forming...
12:03:01


It was getting so warm we had to cool off a little. Padders opted for water cooling whereas I just jumped it as the DR is air cooled.
12:12:20


Riverbed riding is spiffing fun.
12:18:13


The evil buggers! Bike proof tape!! What will our heroes do now!!! Will they run out of exclamation points!!!!11!1
12:29:58


We headed off south to try and outflank them.
They must have known something like this may happen and had prepared the road in advance.

Wet clay/dirt. Add cows, 4wd's then bake 'till rock hard.
25km of it. Then 25km of it back...
12:48:53


There's a faint left/right line on the hill below the highest peak there.
That's Willow Flat. 8.5km before the turnaround point at Palmer Hut...
12:52:46


Oh and if your fillings were still intact then there was the occasional tank trap to catch you out...
12:57:43


Willow Flat and the left/right line from the above piccy...
13:07:53


Hee hee hee hee snigger...
13:12:49


Dropping down to Palmer Flat.
13:20:29


The insignificant spec is Padders...
13:27:43


At Palmer Hut. The river is about 30m below...
13:32:55


Reinforcements!
Only took Padders 2min to blag a go on the T-Ride.
14:19:36


Back to Willow Flat.
14:31:56


Nope, glaciers don't bugger about at all...
14:36:14


I could spend all day up here...
14:49:51


Around the bike proof tape (Hah!) and we see their dastardly secret weapon!
A Ford Anglia with a trailer and bull bar.
15:26:03


Oh dear. I didn't think the KLR was that heavy...
15:28:08


Bugger.
15:29:18


How are we going to get it back up?
15:29:52


Ah piss on it.
Watch out! It's behind you!
15:32:40


Blind Saddle should be around here somewhere.
16:32:36


Found it! Or did it find us?
Down from 17deg to 3.8 again...
16:39:12


Woo hoo!
16:44:10


Whew! We got out at 16:59:30!
The DOC Agent went to lock the gate and found his battery was flat.
Being from South Marlborough they don't have posh things that Marlborough DOC does like jumper leads...
17:19:45


Mission accomplished!
We flew up the coast and fuelled up at a secret dump in Blenheim, on the left, 400m from KFC.
Mmmmm... Potato Gravy...
19:42:44


Toodle pip!



Edit: We caught up with a dishevelled Bubbles in Havlock where we found she'd been captured by the hun!
We said but what about all the rumours about the hun and women type captives!
Blushing and breathless she replied "It's all twue!".

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Old 11-03-2010, 03:36 AM   #77
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Fantastic RR and pics
Only 8 weeks to go before I get to ride in NZ again
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Old 11-03-2010, 12:43 PM   #78
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Pah it's not even that much funnier the 2nd time thru









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Old 11-03-2010, 01:37 PM   #79
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absolutely stunning country down there lads
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:55 PM   #80
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Pah it's not even that much funnier the 2nd time thru









Hurry up with your report.

I want to find out how cool I was
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:38 PM   #81
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A video from the weekend just gone at clarence reserve

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Old 12-01-2010, 09:15 PM   #82
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Cromagnon cool looking ride.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:18 AM   #83
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That was v cool cro. I liked the style & lil descriptions on the pics. It's cool riding in there alright
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:38 PM   #84
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To the Burt and back...

The first couple of days of our Burt Munro ride report are up.
Now we just have to wait for Clint to finish rebuilding his engine, so he has time to post up a few more days of the report
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:03 PM   #85
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A little video of my Port Waikato ride that I did yesterday. Doing Rags to Kawhia tomorrow








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Old 12-24-2010, 02:54 AM   #86
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classic mate great finish on the last one....
i'l head out tommorrow and pick up the camera
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:39 PM   #87
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Good stuff

A lot more work tripodding and setting up for those vid shots
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:48 PM   #88
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I forgot my tripod so had to use nearby fence posts and road markers and small stones to get the camera level Yea its a bit of work to double back, ride past, then run or ride back to get the camera.
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:40 PM   #89
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I forgot my tripod so had to use nearby fence posts and road markers and small stones to get the camera level Yea its a bit of work to double back, ride past, then run or ride back to get the camera.
Then turn the camera and get yourself riding past and stitch together
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:40 PM   #90
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Here is my attempt at filming with the camera in one hand while riding along, hope it doesnt make anyone sick http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kso1n_8EGYk
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