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Old 02-26-2010, 02:31 AM   #31
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...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.
We're not coming into Christchurch itself. Instead we're skirting around the main centres. We're heading around Highway 72/73.

We're in Methven tonight, having lunch in Oxford tommorrow and staying in Lees Valley tommorrow night.

Would be great to catch you somewhere

edit: 10:20am. I'm sitting in Oxford waiting. The tractors are on thier way. (about 1 or so hour behind us maybe? Lunch at A&P grounds or the Pearson domain? Don't be surprised if you don't find us in the main street. Just look for 40+ tractors

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Old 02-27-2010, 08:30 PM   #32
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Thumb 27-02 - Day 6 - Methven to Lees Valley

Todays Photos: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...98740377_zvrEn

Last night we had several newcomers join us at the camp site.


Another 7:30 start. Out the gate.



Crossed the Rakaia river.



We stopped for lunch in Oxford.





The locals turned out to see us, and we had even more tractors join us.







I counted 45 in the paddock, and I know a couple where down the road getting gas, so I think we have 46 or 47 now.



This is Josh, he's a Cancer surviver. He brought his beads along to show us. 1 for each procedure he's had. He's had his gall baldder removed, and 2 days after his Op, he had a brain hemorage. But he must be a real fighter because he reckon he's got his cancer beat. Tough little bugger.



After lunch we headed over the hill to Lees Valley. It's a pretty steep set of ranges, with a nasty windy road and steep gorge.



But once you're over the top the view across the valley is beautiful.



We where invited to stay on a station that covers about 2/3rds of Lees Valley... about 27,000 hectares. See the top of those hills? Thats the back fence...



We lucked out and got an empty shearers quarters to stay in. A dinner, a quick shower, drivers meeting, and enjoy the sunset and view.


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Old 02-28-2010, 02:19 AM   #33
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Laugh 28-02 - Day 7 - Lees Valley to Hanmer Springs

Todays Photos: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...98752989_XpF58

Treated to another magic day, starting with a beautiful sunrise.





Get out of bed you lazy buggers!!



I had to give Dad another jumpstart, but everyone was soon away.



It was going to be another dusty trail.



Queuing for a bath



We had been warned about the river but nobody had a problem getting through.



Well... almost nobody



Out of Lees Valley and onto private land.



There where a few steep pinches.. but nothing too strenuous.



Someone has a sense of humour... this signpost was in the middle of a private road, on an old boundary between two farms.



Lunch in Hawarden, and then off to Hanmer Springs. Once we got settled in, we had dinner and then off to the hot pools for a soak. Another great day

Tommorrow we do Molesworth!!

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Hi Guys
Great photos!
Sounds like your both enjoying it!
How's the bum?
Wish we were there!!

Reg Jenny and the team
Hi Guys

Hope you're enjoying it as much as we are. Dad has now had his photo in the Christchurch press too!

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Thumb 01/03 - Day 8 - Hanmer Springs to Molesworth

Todays photos: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...00495505_uYsWu

Another early start, trying to beat the heat and lower the fire risk.



Up the hill and into the station



Moleworth station is New Zealands largest, at over 130,000 hectares.



Into the station, and a stop to regroup.



Stop for lunch



A bit dusty huh?



Along the valley



Up..



Down



Uuupppp




Dooooown



My favourite photo so far.



Purty.



Out of the station gate and camping at the DOC camping ground.



Communal dinner and chin-wag.



At the end of the day 7 bikes pulled into the same camp. They've ridden down from Palmy. Losing corn cobs along the way... (apparently they started with a dozen cobs of corn, and only 1 made it to the camp. Each time they'd stop and check their bagage another 1 or 2 had escaped. )



The 690 owner was sporting a grazed and bruised leg. Apparently the front caliper bolts came ondone... locking the front and spitting him off at 60k's onto the gravel... Lucky it wasn't the tarseal.



This beasty (Originally a DR650 RS) is about to tick over 100,000k's.



He bought it as a wreck with 13,000 k's on it and has done 86,000 with the replacement speedo.




Was I jealous? Maybe.. just a little...

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Old 03-01-2010, 09:15 PM   #36
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Laugh 02-03 - Day 9 - Molesworth to Blenheim

Todays photos: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...00508157_bav4C

Breakfast by torchlight.



Meeting the Rural fire coordinator. (Do you reckon the hi vis works?)



3rd time?



And we're off.



We did some more 'up'



The view from the top.



Followed by some more 'down'




After we got out onto the valley floor, we left the convoy and went ahead to Blenheim.

The convoy rolled into town and headed for the motorcamp. All parked up and smiling...



Well everyone except Dad... He was within 200 metres of the motorcamp and the draw bar of the caravan he was towing snapped clean through on one side. We managed to jerry-rig it to get it into camp so Bruce has somewhere to sleep for the night.



How lucky is that? 1,200+ k's of back roads, mountain passes and high country, and it breaks 200 metres from where we are staying, with a dozen engineering companies on the same street, and we have a spare day tommorrow. Jammy git.

Molesworth was great, it's just one amasing view after another. Towards the end I just stopped taking photo's.

Tommorrow we're visiting a vintage musuem in the morning, meeting the Major in the town square at lunch time, and then having a public display in the park at night.

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We had the pleasure of catching up with the tractor trek south of Methven on Friday.



Kiwipeet pulled over for a chat, and I got robbed at tractor-point
But it was for a good cause





I hope the rest of the trip goes well, it looks like a lot of fun
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I think you trekers are awesome with what ya doing

i am curious about your route from havelock to wakefield
do you have a guy tony j with you if so say hi from his cuz in Nelson
also do you have a schedule for when you reach wakefield, where about r u camping and will u have any free time?
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I think you trekers are awesome with what ya doing

i am curious about your route from havelock to wakefield
do you have a guy tony j with you if so say hi from his cuz in Nelson
also do you have a schedule for when you reach wakefield, where about r u camping and will u have any free time?
Hi There

Thanks for the compliments.

I'm sorry but I don't know the exact route at the moment, I beleive we are heading over some ranges, and into/through Richmond before arriving in wakefield.

As for schedule... We could arrive any time in the afternoon/evening.

If the iterary is correct:

5/3/09 Havelock to Wakefield
7/3/10 Wakefield to Murchison


We're in Wakefield for 2 nights, so yep, we'll have some time.

We definitely have a Tony J with us... would this be him?



I beleive he's from Karamea?

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03/03 - Day 10 - Blenheim.

Today's photos: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...02466489_mbohb

We've had a great day today. I would like to say it was quiet, but it wasn't... we've been all over the place.

This is Bruce... Bruce is homeless. Bruce is staring at where his home should be. Dad broke Bruces caravan... Bruce called Dad a homewrecker. We offered Bruce a cardboard box and nice spot under the bridge but that didn't cheer him up. Bruce is sad.



The caravan has been fixed, the tractors all cleaned.

At 10:00am we where treated to a demonstration of the vintage diesel engines that used to generate power for Marlborough.



At 12 we took a sample of our tractors into Blenheim city centre



...and where welcomed by the Mayor of Blenheim and Natrional MP Colin King



After lunch we headed out to Brayshaw Museum Park where they opened the museum and cooked dinner for us.



There was an amasing array of vintage machinery, from stationery engines to bulldozers, tractors, vintage cars and bikes. Annoyingly my camera decided it was a good time for the battery to go flat... so I only have a handful of photo's from there.



The museum even has it's own miniature steam train... that thing can fly!!!!


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We had the pleasure of catching up with the tractor trek south of Methven on Friday.

Kiwipeet pulled over for a chat, and I got robbed at tractor-point
But it was for a good cause
I hope the rest of the trip goes well, it looks like a lot of fun
Hey there!

Many thanks for Clint and Rosie for stopping and for your donations

It was nice to meet you both, albeit breifly. A bit dissapointed I din't have my camera with me. So really glad you guys had yours.

I hope the rest of your trip went well.

Thanks again.

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Talking 04/03 - Day 11 - Blenheim to Havelock.

Tommorrow we're off to Havelock via Picton for lunch.

Today's photo's: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...02445843_5NkLT

I left the convoy in Blenheim this morning, and heading through to Picton where we got the banking sorted, and settled down to a big fat coffee on the waterfront

To kill a bit of time we went for a drive out to Waikawa.



It was beautiful and peaceful...



there are so many bays with waterfront houses. It must be nice habing your own little slice of paradise.




We stopped at a lookout and you could see of the Bluebride ferries heading out through Queen Charlotte sound




We headed back into Picton and waited for the tractors to mosey inot town. We herded them into a pen for lunch



After lunch we headed around Queen Charlotte Drive on our way to Havelock. We had a few minutes here and there to stopped and enjoy the water. (One advantage of being the Hare instead of the tortoise.) This is Ngakuta Bay.

Ohh whats that... it's kinda gloopy looking... kinda squishy like jelly.... jelly? a Jelly fish? JELLY FISH!!!! JELLLLLEEEYYYY FIIIIISSSSSHHHH ARRRRGGHHH!!!!!



Around the road we stopped for another photo from the lookout, looking across to Havelock.



We all headed into the motorcamp and setup camp. Had an early drivers meeting and then most headed to the pub for tea and beer or two.

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You'll be dropping in to the Pigeon Valley Steam Museum in Wakefield?
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Hi There

Thanks for the compliments.

I'm sorry but I don't know the exact route at the moment, I beleive we are heading over some ranges, and into/through Richmond before arriving in wakefield.

As for schedule... We could arrive any time in the afternoon/evening.

If the iterary is correct:

5/3/09 Havelock to Wakefield
7/3/10 Wakefield to Murchison


We're in Wakefield for 2 nights, so yep, we'll have some time.

We definitely have a Tony J with us... would this be him?



I beleive he's from Karamea?


yup its him, hope to catch up with ya while u here any info to where u stayin closer to wakefield would be great see ya soon
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05/03 - Day 12 - Havelock to Wakefield.

Todays photos: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...06850460_umuDM

We left Havelock and headed for Nelson for lunch. We had a beautiful day, with great weather heading in around the bays.



We were supposed to stop at Trafalger park, but when we got there it looked like downtown Bagdad. There where diggers and holes everywhere. Luckily the construction crews directed us around the corner to the Trafalgar centre which had an empty carpark...




...But not for long.



The mayor turned up out of the blue and said gidday.



A local vintage club member turned out to meet us and welcome us into Nelson.



After lunch we headed off through Richmond on our way to Wakefield. We where staying in Pidgeon Valley just out of Wakefield.


We arrived at the Higgins Park steam museum and set about pitching the tent. A great spot under the trees...



Higgins park hosts several clubs, with a number of great collections.

A rare sprung hub tractor:



PeterBro.

Yeah Bro?

Eh?

Nevermind...



A tracked-tor?



Later on, it started raining... and we quickly learned our campsite wasn't such a great spot... It hosed down for an hour or so, and we ended up with a small moat around our tent... We had to move a few things around but managed to stay dry for the night.


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