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Old 01-23-2012, 08:37 PM   #631
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i called into wanaka to wish a few mates luck for the wanaka challenge half & full ironman the following day. I forgot what it's like being surrounded by fit people as it's another lifetime ago I was into multisport. i haven't forgotten how hard it is or the time taken to maintain that tanned fit physique tho.

After a lovely cruise I arrived at Fairlie holiday park & met some new faces & later reaquainted with some old friends.

I headed out the first morning layered up and ready for an action packed day. Following the gps route I got to the 1st river crossing where a KLR got half way across before falling in. Some KTM boys walked their bikes over & I decided to find the wimps way across the bridge to catch up with the track. A wise move as I could see myself having wet boots for the rest of the weekend.

The tracks were a lot drier than last year however the cold had robbed me of a great deal of motivation. I chose to road ride the first bit to Kurow where a pie, coffee & chat cheered me up.
Dainseys pass was as scenic & interesting as always. I caught up with Skinny Birdman at the top & managed a nice shot of him.



Thats all the pics I had from day one. The rest of the ride on day one was amazing. i won't try to describe the scenery down in central otago this ride repport would be more overwritten than a Tolkein novel.

Arriving at Alex I was directed to my 'cabin' by the orange & brown awning - you know how many awnings match that description in a campground???
Here's the cubicle I was allocated. Wade (GPSman) & I laughed at the size of our cells. They had a huge domestic fridge in them as well. We worked out the easiest place to sleep was to stand taped to the side of the fridge.

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Old 01-23-2012, 08:49 PM   #632
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Day two began in greyness with forecasts of more greyness all day.
I arrived in Lawrence for gas & coffee nervously avoiding looking at the swingarm. Steeling myself I inspected the bike & there was no sign of leaking oil - apart from some seepeage from the neutral switch & gearbox breather.

The only problem I encountered with the bike on day one was the aforementioned reluctance of the clutch to activate properly. This was very apparent when changing down to 2nd & getting into neutral or first was a horrible gnashing of teeth & clunk. I tried adjusting the lever this way & that but to no avail.
I think it may be either heat distorting the plate or maybe oil between the two stopping them from seperating preoperly. It wasn't that much of a problem riding open areas however on the trip back thru the traffic lites in chch it was nerve racking.

Anyway as many of you are aware day two of the Dusy butt took us above the snow line where there was first rain then hail then a full on snow storm!!
The tracks slippery as buggery & there was carnage everywhere. I learnt after a while to just stay in a rut & ride with one leg out as an outrigger sliding along the wet grass between the ruts. Unfortunately some ruts were a tad too deep - you know what i'm getting at.

Watching a lot of the smaller bikes comforted me that they were having sometimes more problems than me with the lite weight causing their back wheels to skid around.

Some pics





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Old 01-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #633
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The silver lining to this scenario was that in the bleakest weather (minus 3deg I was informed) I was the warmest I felt in the whole weekend. I had got my layers right.

These consisted of merino, polyprop, armour, ground effect windproof vest, windstopper furry inner jacket, square of 10mm closed cell foam, routechart in clearfile, all under my Winter riding jacket.
I was loving it!!!

Eventually we started heading down down down where the slipperyness stopped, the snow stopped, the skies opened up & yellow stuff started falling from this big ball of light in the sky. The wind was howling but the views were astounding.



By this stage i was fairly saturated with adv riding. I had had a lot of fun but really was content to cruise back to Alex & have a coffee & cigar. We weren't even half way thru day 2 but the snow had turned a usually easy cruise into a mission.

i tagged on to Struan, Mark & Tim & rode an amazing road thru to poolburn dam. This was THE best road i've ever ridden. It wasn't technical, challenging or anything really but flowing, fast & everyones mojo was peaking.

Mark - Cold comfort



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Old 01-23-2012, 09:54 PM   #634
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Time was marching on so I was keen to head back the quickest way. The other guys were of similar minds so we hot footed it to naseby for a coffee & over dainseys.
Along the way I saw many bikes parked outside cafes while their owners were warming up with pies & coffees.

At Dainseys we were held up with the local farmer herding heaps of sheep. 4-5000 he reckoned. It was slow going as the gradient wasn't enough to coast down - we had to start the bikes , move them 30m or so & stop & wait again.



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Old 01-23-2012, 10:29 PM   #635
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So we got back about 730pm after about 12 hours on the go pretty tired. Everybody seemed quite drained so the socialising didn't last too long before people hit the sack.

This was one of the special places. There are some neat baches built under overhanging craggy rocks. I can't remember what it's called.








The next day I left Central Otago & made my way home. I turned off at hanmer to go thru the Rainbow however at the first gate a DOC ranger told me the road was closed due to a wild horse muster. He wasn't interested in how many horseys Schmidt carries...

So back along Arthurs pass. I love this bit of road on the bike It is very very cool.
Coming into murch we were stopped again & looking up we spotted these guys loitering around



They were hanging balls of some kind on the HT wires - very cool job.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:30 PM   #636
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Here are some random shots i may or may not have posted




Fuel stop at old moa.




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Old 01-23-2012, 10:45 PM   #637
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In conclusion it was my longest stretch of riding & I found out a few things.

I could never do a RTW. backpackers & campgrounds are for short stays only.
I don't like not knowing whether the food I have paid will be worth the dinner I will get - like them or hate them franchise food outlets have a good thing going.

I have to get a heated vest.
I have to get a removable screen even tho I don't like them.


Ryan is a legend for organising this.

The BMW is a great road bike but far too low to take offroad. my pegs (lowered admittedly) were constantly touching ground on the knarly bits.

My rear shock was working well according to Woodman who was following me up Carrocktown. It's still pretty harsh on the road however worked better and better the knarlier it got. I think the confidence knowing that it's a quality product comforts me .

My front end is absolutely brilliant. It soaked up all but the biggest hits. The new fork oil improved what was an already good fork for my bike. It felt rock solid & predictable. I did wash out a couple of places however judging by some of the other marks on the gravel roads I wasn't alone.

Consequently i have a set of YZ forks for sale if anyone is interested $250.00

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Old 01-24-2012, 03:52 PM   #638
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Nice write up and pics. Pleasure to ride a ways with you Padders. Great Lawrence wasn't your "Waterloo" this time. Cheers for the pic of the hesitant elderly chap by the swimming pool too. Agreed the light bike felt like it was skimming the surface in the mud and some gravel but i would NOT have wanted to pick up the Tiger in that poo.(or should that be Pooh)
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:43 PM   #639
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Nice write up and pics.
wot he said

great that you managed to resist blowing any seals (I'm sure they were dissapointed)
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:40 PM   #640
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My rear shock was working well according to Woodman who was following me up Carrocktown. [/QUOTE]

Is that the bit that goes up to the Nevis from Gully road. My wife and I came down that a couple of weeks ago. That was one shitty road, with views to die for.

Great report. I hat snow, so I will never do this ride in the middle of winter.......hang on..?
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:11 PM   #641
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wot he said

great that you managed to resist blowing any seals (I'm sure they were dissapointed)
You know I only just got that joke not so long ago

BTW your spelling is carp moran

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Is that the bit that goes up to the Nevis from Gully road. My wife and I came down that a couple of weeks ago. That was one shitty road, with views to die for.

Great report. I hat snow, so I will never do this ride in the middle of winter.......hang on..?
I'm not that good at the old navigation side of it but it was where we went up, then along then came down a really long downhill.

I may plan my next bike trip up to Cape York. Def wouldn't snow up there.

Ya know despite all my moaning about the cold, all I've thought about the last couple of days is saddling up & riding again. Doesn't help reading the ride reports section.

I think this year I'm gonna take a bit more time out for myself & do a couple of long weekend bike trips - it really puts a new perspective on life. In fact if work doesn't pick up soon I may just have to do another one soonish.

I'm hankering to get to Titirangi bay - the outermost point in the sounds. I reckon the roads would be pearler.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:59 AM   #642
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I'm hankering to get to Titirangi bay - the outermost point in the sounds. I reckon the roads would be pearler.
Yip... Would be a nice ride to Titirangi , take your fishin pole and mask/snorkel
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:26 PM   #643
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Titirangi has a sandy beach for doing skids on.... go at low tide do some beach racing.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #644
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Strange. I went to my friendly mechanic to ask about my clutch problem & sure enough it worked perfectly fine this morning. He couldn't think of any thing that would cause it to act like that. He thought I might be onto something with the sticky piston so I'll drop it out & give it a cleanup.
There was a far bit of smoke blowing out of the exhaust when I started it this morning- it has been sitting on the side stand a bit.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:13 PM   #645
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Titirangi has a sandy beach for doing skids on.... go at low tide do some beach racing.
I saw you & your boy(?) on a KTM ride past us as we were running by Clifton Terrace School. You both had the hunched over 'lets get this highway riding over with' riding posture

How long didya reckon it would take to get over there & back? Better as a 2 day trip?
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