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Old 03-30-2014, 03:01 AM   #271
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Kokos ex Auckland. They don't camp dsrrrrling.

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Old 04-01-2014, 01:02 AM   #272
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He does have a point, at this stage I don't actually own a tent, or a decent sleeping bag for that matter.

I am just concerned about timing. Is it getting too late in the year to rely on half decent weather and non-freezing nights? Maybe this should be left until December?

I am still keen to explore the area. Mt Patriarch sounds like a great ride.

This Saturday I will be busy babysitting cyclists on the Grape ride. The best time for me would be Easter and the week after.
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:16 AM   #273
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No no no it doesn't get cold down here at nights.

(wait till the choppers are hovering over your house 5.30 every morning & you'll see why you got a bargain)
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:22 AM   #274
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No no no it doesn't get cold down here at nights.

(wait till the choppers are hovering over your house 5.30 every morning & you'll see why you got a bargain)
I see, but I didn't get a bargain and there are no choppers used in the area. At least that's what the neighbours have been telling me.
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:31 AM   #275
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No no no it doesn't get cold down here at nights.

(wait till the choppers are hovering over your house 5.30 every morning & you'll see why you got a bargain)
I think ya got an offer ya cant turn down. padders will be ya sleeping bag
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:50 AM   #276
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I see, but I didn't get a bargain and there are no choppers used in the area. At least that's what the neighbours have been telling me.
Mate, Raupara Rd is lined with those windmills and when they fire up, it's gonna sound like Vietnam as each of those windmills sounds like a chopper.


Tents aren't that expensive andwewon't be far from home if it does turn to shit out there. (plus we can always check to forecast anyway)
However, don't skimp on the sleeping bag, spend $200+ and get a good one rated down to at least -10 comfort zone.
While it might not get that cold, having a really warm bag makes the nights that much better.

I've camped at Bartletts Creek in the middle of winter while hunting and yea, it was a tad chilly.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:10 PM   #277
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Mate, Raupara Rd is lined with those windmills and when they fire up, it's gonna sound like Vietnam as each of those windmills sounds like a chopper.
I've seen them and I am sure we'll hear them a bit, but none of them are close by. They are at least a kilometer away. Anyway, you can't live in the middle of a vineyard and expect total silence. I can hear harvesters right now

I'll have to invest in some camping gear. At the moment I am trying to buy some decent hiking/hunting boots.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:09 PM   #278
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I just had to go out for a ride today. Luckily Basil started up after a bit of coaxing. Since it's been an overcast and somewhat cold day today, I put on a lot of layers, enough to be comfortable.

I headed across to Rarangi and on the way over, I spotted a nice little area near the river, perfect for playing around. Judging by the track, many before me had had the same idea. I will have to go back there as it's a good place to practice tight turns, sharp drops and steepish climbs. Nothing too serious though.

On a whim I decided that I would ride to Picton. The road had been freshly graded in most places, thankfully no traffic until the outskirts of Picton, where they were clearing the last of the slips. Thankfully, I did not meet any of the trucks earlier on. It took me a while to get into a rhythm, but soon I was cruising along at a reasonable pace.

A bit grey today, but still a nice ride.









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Old 07-07-2014, 11:53 PM   #279
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Froggie cousin

You will have to pop out to French pass and see ya cousin
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:28 AM   #280
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That's a real nice ride aye?

It certainly was a tad chilly today, working outside I didn't get down to less than 3 layers.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:43 AM   #281
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Nice. . Last few days have been very nice here & I thought it'd be real nice to be out in it.
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:55 PM   #282
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I've finally managed to install new (homemade) exhaust gaskets and secure the exhaust pipes. then I thought lets have a closer look at that single seat, because I remembered Phil's request.

I hadn't realized how loose these seats sit. Then I looked more closely at it and noticed a missing screw. Turned out that two were missing and the last two were about to go missing. Just imagine if the seat had flown off with me on it . All fixed now. I blame the bad roads around town.

For those who wondered why this assembly fits onto a Basic. I had to heat up the rack rails and squish them a bit so they could clear the crossmember on the sub-frame, it seems to work ok.

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