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Old 07-08-2014, 06:43 PM   #16
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A stop for a quick water bottle fill from a water trough pipe and of course, there's always time for a childish game right =)






Getting up to 1625 meters




The clouds were certainly something else


By one of our stop points there was a dead sheep, then...


...moments later while Paul was riding he did his best impression of a dead sheep. He did well =)
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:43 PM   #17
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Absolutely magic views!








Dropping down to the cool blue lake waters






This was an interesting section of road, it would have taken some serious time and effort to chisel it out from the rock face




After a cracker ride we had ourselves a great shearers quarters to spend the night
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:35 AM   #18
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Wow!! Awesome photos. Will definitely be having a good scratch around this thread when I've got more time :)
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:11 PM   #19
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Hope to get to NZ for a motorcycle tour someday.
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Wow!! Awesome photos. Will definitely be having a good scratch around this thread when I've got more time :)
Thanks Peet, if you find a place that sells time let me know, there's never enough hours in the day!!
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:14 PM   #20
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A cloudy start

The next day of riding started out with a thick cloud cover but this was short lived, as we neared the head of the valley it burnt off revealing a beauty of a day


Carl doing a crotch depth test




The river levels were about as high as we'd wanted for a safe crossing








Nearing the end of the valley track with only a few hundred metres to go we didn't venture any further as a group of fly fisherman were targeting some fish and we thought we'd leave them in peace




The numerous stream crossings made for a great ride back out the valley
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:17 PM   #21
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We stopped off to check out some waterfalls. I hadn't planned to do any fishing on the way out but as Paul meandered down to the waters edge I spotted a good sized brown. He slowly back away so as not to spook it, I then got my fly gear out and served up a cicada pattern which was engulfed on the 3rd pass...


...you beauty!














We stopped up at another small stream where I spotted another brown feeding away. I couldn't help myself and out came the fly gear again, this time it was the first cast that brought another beautiful brown to the net






Carl conserving front tyre tread


One last look out over the lake before we hit the tarmac

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Old 07-09-2014, 03:18 PM   #22
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Not long after here the group split with Paul and I heading to Omarama for a pit-stop before tarmacing it back to Christchurch









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Old 07-09-2014, 03:21 PM   #23
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All in all this wound up a superb trip. Lots of new routes logged for the website and although I missed the DVD shoot with the Motorbikin team I managed to put together a wee promo video for RemoteMoto below

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After giving my bike some loving from the hard time it received from the Woolly Wheels trip it was time to pack up and head off again. The focus of this trip was more GPS logging down south.

Leg #1 - Karamea to Fox

The trip from Karamea and through Haast Pass was long and wet. I split the trip over two days parking up in a motel for the night at Fox as the West Coast rain was unrelenting. The rain continued the next morning with Haast Pass feeling more like a bath than a ride.

Leg #2 - Fox to Gore

As I neared Cromwell however for the first time in two days the sun came out which was a most welcomed sight.







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Leg #3 - local GPS logging

Basing myself in Gore, numerous routes were GPS logged around the area over a week period. Lots of interesting new routes were ridden.











Lost Gypsy Gallery

This place is crazy cool. A talented electrical engineer with one hell of an imagination has created a garden of contraptions to walk through, look at and interact with. It costs a mere $5 and is totally worth every cent


This is the inside of his workshop/bus. This is also filled with odd and unusual things and is free for a looksee





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Old 07-09-2014, 03:26 PM   #26
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Leg #4 - Gore to the Landsborough River

After a successful few days of GPS logging it was off to view the Landsborough River. With so little information about this river available I thought I'd see first-hand if this was a river worth fishing. The route there was Southland back-roads then through Haast Pass






This was an immaculately tidy Impala


Stopping for lunch at the Tin Goose, super yummy










Not too many of these around

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Old 07-09-2014, 03:32 PM   #27
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The route up to the Landsborough was not easy going in places, some sections had been washed out and were boldery screes rather than tracks. In this photo I had to take a detour around a washout, underneath was soft sand and decomposing slippery logs of which the bike quickly dropped into; and deep.


It proved to be one heck of a wrestling match pulling it back out only to sink even deeper moving just 1 foot further. With much sweat and at a few flavourful words =) I managed to get away again and set up camp




After living on the West Coast for two years and spending a lot of time in the back country flyfishing, I'm fairly well accustomed to sandflies in high numbers but this place was insane! This is them doing their best to get in the tent


Pop your hand outside the tent for just a few seconds and your hand is crawling with the little blood sucking critters!
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:34 PM   #28
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The recent rain had bought river levels up with both accessibility and clarity no good for flyfishing. So the next morning I meandered out in search of clear running rivers








Stopping in at the Hard Antler for brunch




A good feed to fill the belly for a day of riding
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:35 PM   #29
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An old Indian outside Johnson Motors


Heading up Haast-Jackson Bay Road






Arawhata River Bridge


Stopping and at the Cray Pot for a good coffee

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After the coffee I had a look down Neils Beach Road




It was then onto Jackson River Road which was magic










With all the looking around the day was soon disappearing but I'd managed to scope out a few interesting looking tributaries to fish the following day. After a quick chat with the owner of this boat it was off to get a good nights sleep and get the fishing gear ready
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