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Old 03-02-2008, 08:51 PM   #16
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Went for a little ride this afternoon... 6/10/2007

The recent rain made the track a little wet in places...



But we soldiered on cause were tuff....(or stupid)





After a while we decided we needed a little hillclimb....



it got a bit steep in places..





by the time we stopped for a drink about 1/3 way up we were totally f*cked...



It was beautiful bush that we were riding in



On the way out my younger son Tim parked in some interesting places...





We completely drowned Tim's bike and had to push it out to the road....

I spent all this morning getting the water out and oil changing etc...

It was a heck of a fun afternoon...
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:52 PM   #17
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Mud Bog 13/10/2007

Went for a ride this afternoon with my two boys. Got kicked out of our normal area so we found a great new track ...



As usual it was a bit wet in places...





A few little hill climbs..



And a brilliant mud bog...



And as usual a few ooopses...





And a chain that will need a clean...



It was fun ... and I hurt every where
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:54 PM   #18
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Nothing to do with Motorcycles... 21/10/2007

But is was real pretty so I thought some of you might be interested.













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Old 03-02-2008, 08:56 PM   #19
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Wairarapa Wanderings... 28/11/2007

My son Glen has this week off work so on Saturday afternoon we loaded the bikes onto the trailer and headed off to stay at a neat bach about 10km out of Ngawi at the bottom of the Wairarapa



Gunna was meeting us there and as his Scrambler was a bit heavy for what we had in mind to do we had brought the mighty zonk for him to ride. Notice that we fitted a customized refrigerated top box to carry our refreshments.



Sunday morning saw us up at 6.30-7.00 and by about 8.30 we headed off up the hill beside the Pinicles and headed towards Sutherlands Hut in the Aorangi Forest Park.



It was a great ride and as you climb quite high up the views were spectacular..





Once we started the descent towards Sutherlands Hut everything went a bit pear shaped. You go over a rise and are instantly on a long steep downhill composed of vast amounts of baseball sized rocks.

I was the first casualty when I high sided and got thrown completely off the track and about 3-4 metres down the bank. Luckily I landed in flax bushes and a brushy soft tree stopped my descent. It was so damned steep that we never stopped for photos as we were struggling to hold bikes upright and keep from sliding.

The track leveled out for a while before descending steeply again and here Glen barrel rolled his DT - twisting the forks and scratching and bending plenty of misc bits and pieces. Still too steep for photos

Gunna being Gunna rode down all of this on the worst bike (which had just blown a fork seal and dumped the entire contents onto the front disk and caliper) without any drama and eventually rode back up to find out what was keeping us girls.....

The last bit was easy so we limped into the Hut and collapsed...



After we recovered we spent about 45-60 minutes aligning forks and repairing various bits on Glens DT to make it properly ridable.

Gunna was keen to go back the way we came but Glen and I didn't want to face those two climbs again. Gunna rode my WR up to the top and back and said it was do-able but he is in an entirely different class than Glen or I and we weren't having a bar of it.

So we took the long way home - via Haurangi Rd and Martinbourough then back down to the coast. Can't have been very nice for Gunna riding the zonk 50km on the road at about 70km/hr.

It was a great ride and we were all pretty rooted by the time we got back.

more to come....
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:00 PM   #20
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Wairarapa Wanderings... 28/11/2007 (continued)

Gunna had to head off on Sunday night so Glen and I decided to kick back and have a lazy day on Monday.

The weather had been perfect on Sunday and Monday was perfect as well - not a cloud in the sky and no wind to speak of.

We went around to castle point in the car and did the touristy stuff..

250 odd steps to the top off this thing..



lovely scenery



Later on we went for a couple of rides near the bach up rocky river beds.

The first one had a steep rocky ravine that teed off it and so we decided to go and explore..



I decided have a go up the steep narrow part





It got so narrow that i had to turn around. The poor old zonk was getting the sh*t beaten out of it on all the rocks.

The little DT was handling this sort of riding surprisingly well - its a very versatile bike.

Later on we headed up another river bed



but we decided to give up when the rocks got a bit big



great sunset to end a great day..



still more to come..
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:01 PM   #21
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Wairarapa Wanderings... 28/11/2007 (continued)

the final day

On Tuesday we packed up and left the bach at about 10am.

We drove via some lovely back roads from Martinborough to Pongaroa because Glen wanted to ride the awesome Towai road again. Lovely day for travelling.



Got to Pongaroa about 2pm and had a late lunch and unloaded the bikes and got geared up.



I managed to get us lost so we ended up exploring some great gravel around Pongaroa and stopped at Waihi Falls for afternoon tea



we swapped bikes on and off - didn't matter what I rode - Glen blitzed me everytime....

Got back to Pongaroa about 6pm and loaded up the bikes and headed home via Woodville the Manawatu Gorge and Shannon. Got home about 9pm just as it got dark. A great and memorable trip.

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Old 03-02-2008, 09:04 PM   #22
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This website has some wicked pics, I have never changed my desktop so many times.
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:38 PM   #23
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missed one ... 16th June 2007






if you don't get stuck in the mud you can ride up a nasty rutted slippery hill and see this (like we did today)


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Old 03-03-2008, 12:27 PM   #24
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Hello Mr Retard,
You don't know me, but I'm your long lost son that you abandoned after the doctors said I had a rare illness called "Hinkley Sydrome" and would be an embarresment to the family.
Please daddy, help me fight this nasty disease, by letting me thrash your trail bikes on some of those tracks in the pictures.

If you don't let this happen, I'll will frequent your humble abode on my overweight twin cylinder snotter, and bore you shitless with ghost stories, and lies about superiority of twin cylinder cycles.
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:34 PM   #25
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Hi Mark
I always enjoy your photo contributions - please keep it up.
You seem to have a good eye for composition. Do you have to work at it or does it just fall into place?
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This thread most probably wont be of any interest to anyone else.
WHAT?!! Maybe not interesting to someone who doesn't ride a motorcycle, but I LOVED it!

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Old 03-03-2008, 09:07 PM   #27
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What awesome pics!

Keep up with the adventures...............and take some more photos for the rest of us stuck at home!

BTW Where abouts was the pic of the Lighthouse taken?
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:28 PM   #28
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What awesome pics!

Keep up with the adventures...............and take some more photos for the rest of us stuck at home!

BTW Where abouts was the pic of the Lighthouse taken?
Hi Qkchk

that is Castle Point lighthouse at the very southend of the Wairarapa just past Ngawi

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Old 03-03-2008, 11:39 PM   #29
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Hi Qkchk

that is Castle Point lighthouse at the very southend of the Wairarapa just past Ngawi

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Huh

Last time I was there it was Cape Palliser lighthouse
Castlepoint is only about 200 kms up the coast

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Old 03-03-2008, 11:53 PM   #30
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Huh

Last time I was there it was Cape Palliser lighthouse
Castlepoint is only about 200 kms up the coast

Cheers Scott
so change my name from Retard to IDontKnowShitTard

Thats what happens when my wife opens a bottle of wine and then only has half a glass - and I drink the rest....

sorry Qkchk for the bum steer

and thanks Scott
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