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Old 12-22-2013, 02:20 AM   #1
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Travelling to and from the 2013 'Burt'

Journey to and from the Burt Munro Challenge - Invercargill, New Zealand 24 November - 4 December 2013

The Burt Munro Challenge is celebration of one of New Zealand motorcycling’s most famous sons - the late Burt Munro.

The event is organised by the Southland Motorcycle Club and is held at Invercargill in Southland in late November each year. The Club’s Website for the event is here
http://www.burtmunrochallenge.com

There are Motorcycle racing events a plenty over the event which runs from Thursday to Sunday. Events this year included a Hill Climb at Bluff on Thursday morning, SuperCross at Winton on Thursday evening. Friday was the Beach Racing on Oreti Beach - a location where the late Burt developed his record breaking Indian Scout and Velocette machines. More on Burt here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro

Satruday’s programme included Sprints at Teretonga Raceway during the day and Speedway in the evening.

Travelling from Wellington in New Zealand’s North Island to Invercargill some 1000km to the South, this was my first Burt Munro Challenge and an event on my bucket list

Following are some images I captured on my 11 days in New Zealand’s beautiful South Island travelling to and from the ‘Burt’
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:29 AM   #2
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Getting to Hanmer day 1

Day 1 saw me aboard the Strait Shipping ferry from Wellington to Picton reaching Picton around the middle of Sunday 24 November 2013. I intended to meet up with some fellow riders at Hanmer Springs that evening.

After a quick lunch in Blenheim and fuelling up my trusty Bimmer I headed toward the Molesworth Station via Taylor's Pass Road which has some nice gravel and drops into the Awatere Valley - entrance to the Molesworth.

More to follow when I remind myself how to link to photos
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:38 AM   #3
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Approaching the Molesworth via the Awatere Valley

It was very warm - 30 - 32 degrees celcius!
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:40 AM   #4
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Memorial to Pioneers

I found this interesting monument at Cow Creek in the Awatere Valley to folk who had pioneered the road through the Molesworth
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:44 AM   #5
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in the Awatere Valley

classic shot - for those like myself who 'do' the Molesworth whenever we can - looking back from whence I've come in the Awatere - much has been sealed in recent years
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:48 AM   #6
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Obligatory shot of the Cob Cottage as you enter the Molesworth

DOC Ranger Station is adjacent to this little cottage and the actual current Farm Manager's homestead is nearby


Commentary about the cottage

to be continued............ :)
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:14 PM   #7
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Day 2 - Hanmer to Methven - the long way

I met up with 2 of my fellow travellers in the Molseworth - they were on a later ferry and I had waited for them in the Molesworth rather than kill time in Blenheim.

Journey's end on day 1 was the Hanmer Springs Top Ten camp where we shared a well appointed tourist flat with 2 other who'd taken the State Highway from Picton to Hanmer Springs choosing to avoid the Molesworth in deference to one of them being on a road oriented Suzuki Gladius.

As events transpired our Gladius rider Ron, is a retired farmer and very competent at riding on gravel.

On Day 2 we fuelled up at Hanmer before setting off over the Lewis Pass and on to Reefton.

However, not before taking a little nosey into Palmer Road (an out and back route) near Springs Junction that I had been introduced to on the Dusty Butt in 2009. This was where our riding buddy Ron showed his riding prowess at tackling stream crossings and negotiating scree fans with aplomb!!

Following are pics of Palmer Road


Fiddling with luggage on the Gladius as we struck the first of the rain en route to Reefton - whose claim to fame is that the were the first town in NZ to receive electric light


A shot of the crystal clear Little Grey river - gotta love New Zealand and Westland especially - see the riverbed the water is so clear and dust of approaching pal on his GS - well actually it could have been a Strom as our party now comprised two WeeStroms, a Gladius and two GS's

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Old 12-22-2013, 07:19 PM   #8
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Identity complex

why the change of handle some of you may ask - most won't even notice or care I realise

Aslan was always - aspirational - and more about my being an adherent of the values that Lion demonstrates in the Narnia Chronicles - certainly as those who've ridden with me will attest I'm no roaring Lion

On reflection - Aslan just seemed too pretentious. Oaters is what I'm called by my grandkids and friends - so :)

Oh and by the way Happy Christmas!
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:22 AM   #9
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Awesome pics mate, thanks for sharing.

I'm hoping to shoot through the Molesworth or Rainbow in the coming weeks, the shots have got me real keen to get the bike sorted now.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:22 AM   #11
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Awesome pics mate, thanks for sharing.

I'm hoping to shoot through the Molesworth or Rainbow in the coming weeks, the shots have got me real keen to get the bike sorted now.
Kia ora Te Hopo - as I rode back through the Molesworth on my way home I realised no matter how many times I go through there or the Rainbow I never tire of the awesome scenery.

I especially the top end of the Rainbow - the section from the gatehouse to Coldwater Creek.

Enjoy your upcoming ridng in both these Stations - cheers Oaters
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:25 AM   #12
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Great pics mate

Cheers Josh - kind words indeed given your site content - looking forward to its relaunch. Used your site in planning my journey. Best wishes for 2014 - Stephen O
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:34 PM   #13
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Looks like a great ride, now that we'll live a little closer to it, I can see myself riding it again.......and again..

Thanks for the report Oaters :-).
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Thanks Night Falcon & Koko - thread to be continued after Christmas - about to go 'off the grid' - cheers Oaters
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