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Old 01-10-2013, 10:56 PM   #211
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G/day all

Back in the office at the Havelock home for pissed and broke old farts motorcyclists. Now there is a mouthful.

As they say in the Classics, timing is every thing.

Rode down the Molesworth Wednesday afternoon in stunningly good weather, the storms hit that area in the evening, huge winds and lots of rain. Waited in Akaroa for the storms to move north, then returned to Hanmer Springs yesterday afternoon, after they had been through there.

Left this morning and am now sitting on the balcony of the Havelock pub, washing the dust down in a lovely evening sun. The caretaker at the head of the Rainbow where you donate $15 for the privledge of riding your m/c, said it had utterly precipitated yesterday. All the creek crossings were up and running, some quite fast. I walked through the last 2, then walked the bike over, glad I did as I was on my own, and one in particular,(not the last/first crossing) but one back about 4 k's was very fast, and had a hidden hole in the middle, which I walked into, with water just under my crotch!

I promise, (yes dear!) to put some very good photo's after I finish the Molesworth. Should not be a problem now that I'm back on line and I have a lazy day tomorrow, waiting to meet Clint at Picton at Picton, then to tackle the Clarence River vally track which is only opened a few time a year.

Talking of opening ime, the Rainbow now opens on Boxing Day, instead of the 1st of Dec, same as the Molesworth, and nominally closes 30th April
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:34 PM   #212
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Good to hear you're still having a terrible time over there Chris.


Did you have to include this pic mate, we generally keep it quiet that we might have rels in NZ...
Gezze Dave, you have great eye sight for an oldie, you surprise me, a man of many hidden talents I beleive?
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:53 PM   #213
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We could swap for a weekend....you take the R90 to a track day at HD ( trailer included) and I can take Basic Basil on a trip up 90 mile beach and back.
If you want to come up for a gravel ride, that can be arranged. I still have the 1150 to join you. I think beach riding will be off the menu for Basil, it's just not a good environment for the bike.

As far as the race track goes, I would much prefer to take my 1150 on it. I don't own a leather jacket and can't be bothered buying one, just for one track day.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #214
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If you want to come up for a gravel ride, that can be arranged. I still have the 1150 to join you. I think beach riding will be off the menu for Basil, it's just not a good environment for the bike.

As far as the race track goes, I would much prefer to take my 1150 on it. I don't own a leather jacket and can't be bothered buying one, just for one track day.

hmmmm..... sounds like a plan.....I think the rest of my summer is going to be taken up by house stuff... but I'll keep it in mind, I have a two piece leather suit for a svelte 97 ks ( on a good day) 5'11.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:42 PM   #215
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hmmmm..... sounds like a plan.....I think the rest of my summer is going to be taken up by house stuff... but I'll keep it in mind, I have a two piece leather suit for a svelte 97 ks ( on a good day) 5'11.
That would fit . You are welcome to have a go, just let me know when you have some time, there is no gravel season, so anytime is good.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:12 AM   #216
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Anyway I'm back up and running hopefully with my PC.
I'm buying a Apple when I get back to Oz.
Plenty of orchards in the South.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:14 AM   #217
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Plenty of orchards in the South.
Yes, but Apples are hard to get into OZ.
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Yes, but Apples are hard to get into OZ.
They opened up the market last year, officially.

I got my apple via Oz.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:08 AM   #219
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Had a great overnighter in the Clarence with Chris, his laptop had blown a foo foo valve so he's in chch now sorting that out.

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:08 PM   #220
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Back up and running, thanks to some great service from Dave at pcanytime 03 3666588 380A St Asaph St CC.

He has restored my pc, he described it for a simpleton like me as if some one had opened my hard drive and scattered all my files around. So he managed to save most things, including the photo's, had he not, I could still put up photos as I never delete my photo sim cards, I just buy a new card.

As Clint said, we had a great weekend going into the Clarence river track.
What can I say, prior this I rated the Skippers track as the best I have ridden, and the Old Man track the hardest, but the Clarence is in a league of its own and we were previledged to have ridden it, as it is only opened
5 consective weekends, last weekend was the 1st, only 4x4's and bikes allowed, and only 26 people did the track.

I'm off for dinner in Akaroa now, when I return I'll try and rejoin Smugmug and hopefully upload some photo's to show what we did for the weekend.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:15 PM   #221
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Just kicked off my ride report, starring the mighty McCardigan & his amazing acrobatic airhead

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...2#post20552222

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