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Old 02-22-2010, 11:04 AM   #16
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:07 PM   #17
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22 -02 - Day 1 - Bluff to Tapanui: We're off!

Todays Photos: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...35644393_sCkVQ

The day started bright and early. With the entire camp being woken by the alarm clock. at 6:00am. The alarm clock in our case is a 1936 Lanz Bulldog which fired up and did several laps of the camp ground tooting his whistle.



Everyone got moving and left at the camp at 7:00am for the starting location at stirling point. We managed to squeeze all of the starters in the turning bay and watched the sun rise over Foveaux straight.






We got to meet a couple of the special little characters that we're fun raising for. This is Reece. Reece is a happy story. He's in remission, and doing well. He reckoned he was well enough to come to the start of the Tractor Trek for the send off.... and he was well enough to go to water polo that night.... but told his mum it would be a big day so.. maybe he shouldn't go to school.



Reeces mum knows Reece better than that. Reece went to school.



We were given a send-off by National MP Eric Roy,



One more wave at the camera and we're off!!!



After the send off, it was time to fire up and get rolling. It's kinda entertaining watching 35 tractors get moving with gusto. It's like watching turtles escape from a bucket.

(I'll upload a movie here when I get a faster connection).


We headed back to the camp ground and picked up trailers and caravans, and set off for Invercargill, where breakfast was cooked for us by the staff of our major sponsor RD1. (A big thank you to the staff at RD1)



This is Maddox, I thin he's about 4 years old. Maddox had a brain tumour successfully removed, and is doing well. He is so good he was showing everyone how fit and strong he is now by doing pushups.



After breakfast, we were given a police escort through the main street of Invercargill, and out onto state highway 1. I found myself walking with a bucket, relieving pedestrians (and people stuckin cars) of those troublesome gold and silver pocket weights. And then I found the tractors and support vehicles had steamed off, and I was running like hell down the street to catch up...

Once out of town we hit the big straights out of invercargill, where the tractors could really open up... the fatsre ones sometimes hitting a heady 30 k's!!! Now the convoy was really rockin!

The convoy made it's way to Gore for lunch, where again we were looked after by the staff at RD1. We've noticed a bit of oil coming out of Dads Tractor... need to look at that...



After lunch we set off for our stop for the night at Tapanui where we camped at the Tapanui racecourse, and had dinner cooked byt he local vintage club. 3 BBQ's in one day... I'm in heaven!!!! ( but I'm gonna get fat(ter) doing this...)

After dinner there was a bit of debreif and discussion about how the day went. A couple of fines where issued for driving infringements such as stopping in the middle of the road and holding up cars. ($2, but no demerit points)



Then it was down to some serious chin wagging and driver refueling. Some slipped away for a shower and early night. This doesn't sound strenous work, but we were all exhausted and ready to hit the sack.

Others decide it was a good time to pull the tappet cover off and fix the leaking oil problem...

choke off the gallery.



The 990 was over oiling the top end... the solution was make a small wooden plug to partially


All up a great day and a good shake down for everyone. Here's where we've been. http://maps.google.co.nz/maps?f=d&so...68&ie=UTF8&z=9

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Old 02-22-2010, 01:08 PM   #18
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Thumb 23-02 Day 2. Tapanui to Patearoa.

Todays photos: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...95200001_UkwXV

Another early start... (Well anything before 10 is early for me...) We were up at 6:00am and fumbling about in the dark for the kettle. We got to see the sun rise as we packed up our kit and had a quick brekky.





The convoy left at 7:30 for Millers flat where they're having morning tea at a school. The kids at the school raiased $77.60 for the trek.




and then they're going cross country to Lake Onslow for lunch.

Tonight we're staying in Patearoa.


Note: I'm having a few problems getting mobile coverage out in the sticks. So i'm going to be a bit sporadic writing updates, and even worse loading photo's. (i'm sitting at Dunedin Aiport waiting for Jess so I thought i'd make the most of the cellphone coverage.)

I left my camera with Mum today. So, I hope she gets some good shots. Will update again when I have some coverage, and load photo's.

The owners of the Pateroa hotel (Lee and Ron ) genourously donated $200 of the takings towards our fund raising efforts. Thanks!


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Old 02-22-2010, 01:38 PM   #19
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Umm... just as a request... This thread is being shared and read by a lot of people so friends and familes can follow us about.

There's also a few schools that would like be able to show kids what we're up to, so I would really appreciate it if any comments are kept 'family freindly'.

Many thanks
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:55 PM   #20
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Great to see you are going cross contry a bit as part of this trip. Much more interesting off the seal aye

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Old 02-23-2010, 11:55 AM   #21
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Reading this has just given me a flashback to my only tractor road trip.
I had to get my old Nuffield FEL from Nelson to Havelock to load on a barge and the trailer we were loading it onto broke ....
So I did the sensible thing and hit the road , first roundabout there was a cop comming the other way (no reg or wof of course) I must have looked too serious to chase tho with my cap on backwards and the exhaust black smoking .
I really enjoyed the ride , great way to see the countryside .
Hope you all enjoy the crosscountry ,mmm ADV tractoring , mabe a tractor class in the next Dusty Butt cooneyr ?
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Way to go guys, looks like a great trip!


I have to go now, I don't have any more "family friendly" comments!

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...Hope you all enjoy the crosscountry ,mmm ADV tractoring , mabe a tractor class in the next Dusty Butt cooneyr ?
Maybe I should get to work on that TEA then
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:10 PM   #24
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Laugh Hey we're famous!!!

We've just got into Kurow and bought a newspaper.. And guess who is on page 6?

There's a great big photo of dad near Lake Onslow on Day 2.

You can read the article in the Otago Daily Times here: http://www.odt.co.nz/the-regions/cen...take-high-road
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24-02 - Day 3 - Patearoa to Kurow

We'll we've just arrived in Kurow, The tractors are behind us and should be arriving over the next hour or 2. We're staying at the Kurow Motorcamp.

Photo's from today: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...96451133_5i7dk

Today was fantastic. I started with a leisurely roll down the road to Ranfurly for Diesel.

Then on to Naseby were we headed for Danseys pass.

This is the Valley before Kyeburn diggings:



Kyeburn diggings is long gone.. but the cemetary is still open for business.



After Kyeburn Diggings we head up in to Danseys Pass.


This climbing the pass heading north.



This is the view from the top



This is coming down the north side towards Duntroon.




Not far down the road we where in Kurow at the motorcamp. We managed to get a cabin. (sick of tents already)



The motorcamp has it's own fish reserve/swimming/canoeing diversion off the river.



We rented some canoes and had a paddle.




The first of the tractors had caught up and so we joined them in town.




Jess and Mum got the buckets out and frisked the locals.



We headed back to camp once the rest of the convoy arrived and we had the daily driver breif



We had 2 representatives from Child Cancer attend the meeting. Rosina Russell and Robin Furley told us about the work they do with the children and affected families.

Here Robin is telling us about the beads they give the kids as a record of the journey they have taken throughout their treatment. They get one bead for each medical procedure they have had. Some kids have hundreds...



After the meeting we got to enjoy dinner outside and watch the sunset.


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Talking 25-02 Day 4. Kurow to Fairlie

We're in Fairlie!!!

Here's todays photo's: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...96700736_mKEJN

The day started with another cooked brekky by staff from RD1. Thanks again guys




We headed off from Kurow over the Waimate river and up the first climb... ...where we had the first breakdown of the day... (nice spot though..)



We would have been there for ages.. but luckily this 12 foot tall mechanic turned up and helped us out.



Just a quick regroup...



We headed on through Cattle Creek heading for the Hakataramea Pass.




I had driven ahead of the convoy (less dust if you're up front..) which gave me the chance to stop for a few shots. This is starting up the Hakataramea Valley.



Looking back down the valley



Climbing up to the pass



Met these guys on their way down. They couldn't be bribed.. and didn't want to swap with me...



The top of the pass:



View on the way down. (Mt Cook was hiding from me...)



Big country huh?



We tried to head straight into Fairlie to get to a bank... but had a wee delay.. bugger...



Got into town,and sorted the banking, tyre and motorcamp. And then headed back to find the convoy which had stopped at a famr to see a personal tractor collection.

Oliver 70 Row Crop



Fergy



Pocket sized bulldozer...



Austin



Regroup and escort into Fairlie




We even got piped into town!!



Dinner was provided for us by the lovely staff at CRT





And finishing the day with the drivers briefing at the Fairlie Motorcamp



Another great day

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Laugh 26-02 Day 5. Fairlie to Methven

We're heading via Spur Road to Geraldine for lunch at RD1. We'll be there between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.

Then we set off for Methven. This is the rough route: http://maps.google.co.nz/maps?f=d&so...2,2.469177&z=9

Todays photo's: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...97351833_UrSJY

Another great day. This time I drove the tractor to give dad a break.



up over spur road.



Up on the pegs, lean forward, push it down into the corner and gas it!!!



Regroup



Lunch at the Geraldine domain, once again a big thanks to the RD1 staff taking great care of us.



Dad got to visit the Geraldine Vintage Museum. It has some really cool stuff.



Truck built/restored by John Britten



Early adventure bike



A great collection of restored machinery.



And some... not so restored.



After lunch we headed for Methven. Along the way a couple of locals brought out thier tractors to show us... This little fella was pretty proud of his tractor.



Further along the road I was randomly waving at bikes... and 2 of them stopped...

It was Clint and Rosie on their way back from the ADVRider Rally at Queenstown.

Got to Methven about 6:00pm, and had dinner cooked for us by the Methven vintage club.

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Old 02-24-2010, 07:10 PM   #28
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I saw a similar trek in the Marlborough region some years ago.I guess this isn't the first?
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:18 AM   #29
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Awesome work guys. The good thing about this trip is you get to take some of the really cool scenery shots that we always fly past.

I spent a heap of time in the kayaks at the kurow motor camp as a child. Cool place.

When are you planning on hitting Chch or there abouts? Some time today or tomorrow? Hopefully tomorrow so I'm off work and come say hi.

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Old 02-25-2010, 12:03 PM   #30
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I saw you guys rolling into fairlie yesterday, was great to catch you what a great effort.

Some great old chaps on some great ole tractors!

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