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Old 12-30-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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NZ: Molesworth & Rainbow

Day 1 Molesworth

Our riding party for the Molesworth Rainbow trip was unexpectedly depleted when Lynn’s Serow developed a wobbly gearbox. It was a disappointed Rex and Rhondda (Djebel and DR respectively) that met at the ferry terminal – not to mention Lynn, left to scour the Martinborough wineries for some medicinal coping juice to carry her through the next few days.




Farewell North Island


Hello South Island










We met up with Nicola on her XT and set off for Molesworth Station from Blenheim.

Not too far along Taylors Pass Road we happened upon this innocuous looking ford. It seems I adjusted my direction midway through and the front wheel washed out on the slippy slimey surface and down I went, breaking a mirror and giving me a reasonable bash to the knee.

Fortunately neither the bike nor I were broken much… gutting it would have been to have the ride end there.



Here we are – the real adventure begins.


A lovely ride through fantastic easy road.




At the Molesworth gate a pause for the must do photo


And then a stop for a look see at the Cob Cottage



Some likely looking NADs lads roared into town: Nordie, Woodman, Pete-blen and Padmei. I was later to be dazzled by their variously creative riding styles.


And more riding through pretty nice country







At this point I stopped to look for a mountain man, or maybe it was a latte?


Sadly none were to be found.



At the Hamner end of Molesworth is Acheron House






Adventure ladies….Nic


and me- Rhondda




Arriving in Hamner we fell onto food, coffee and cocktails with gusto, celebrating our most excellent ride. Roll on tomorrow!
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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loving this! nice to see a pic of Fran in there with the Nelly boys.You are inspiring me to do a Cape Rienga trip as soon as this rain stops!
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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Very nice pics. NZ is in my bucket list.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:57 PM   #4
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Man that BMW looks nice.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:00 PM   #5
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Day 2 Rainbow Road

With heavy rain warnings we decided to set off early to get through the Rainbow Road – the lads we met yesterday gave us a report on the road conditions which was really helpful.

It was drizzling as we left Hamner but a few km’s up the road it disappeared to allow us to ride through with mere overcast skies, returning as we left the other end. What luck!

Words really don’t do this place justice, I’ll just let the photos do the talking….















If you look closely you will spy some GS riders taking a break, pretty nice stopover I must say















Such a stunning place to ride, thanks Rex and Nic for an enjoyable few days and a lot of giggles. There's a few more photos on photobucket.

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Old 01-01-2012, 12:51 PM   #6
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Man that BMW looks nice.
Yes, soooo cool. I wonder who owns it?
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:55 AM   #8
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Pipe and Slippers bike....
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:53 AM   #9
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some panoramas from this ride

Molesworth


Rainbow Road


Lake Tennyson


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