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Old 03-15-2010, 02:15 AM   #61
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Laugh 16/03 - Day 23 - Thornbury to Bluff

The finish line!!

We did it!!!!

Todays photo's: http://kiwipeet.smugmug.com/Other/20...16169667_v27Mk

A wet start on the last day.

Brian, Alice and Dennis leading us out the gate for the last time.




We headed into invercargill to do the banking while the convoy made tracks.


Soaked through, and still smiling.




Maurice was last around the corner. He's been at the back for the entire trip, making sure no-one got left behind.



A few brave and/or sympathetic locals cameout to cheers us on.




We made our way to RD1, who had a hot cuppa waiting for us.



Who let the eskimo in?



The TV crew from Queue TV where there and did a few interviews.




There where a few more thank you's, and none bigger than from the Child Cancer Foundation




After we'd all had a cuppa it was obvious the weather wasn't going to go away... and so we headed back outside for the last leg of our epic journey. We're going to Bluff!!!

Windshields... heaters... windscreen wipers... you gotta love em.



The convoy headed on through the weather... as we arrived in Bluff it seemed to be easing off... and then it stopped!



And then before you know it the Dennis was pulling up at Stirlng point.



One by one the tractors pulled up.








Dad was stoked to finish




More reporters



Lots of happy people, lots of handshakes and hugs.





The reporter got everyone together for an organised shot.



After the photo everyone stood around having a bit of a chat. And then we found out someone was missing from the photo...

One of the tractor drivers (Julian) was stuck in Bluff. He'd accidentlally filled his tractor with petrol instead of diesel... only 4 or 5 k's from the finish line!!!

Just as people where about start moving off, Julian appeared over the hill to a great cheer from the crowd. And after the required amount of ribbing from everyone, we got the final photo, with everyone present.



So then... was it all over? Not quite... We still had to get home. We said our farewells and headed off on our own ways. For our group that meant another 5 hours at tractor speed back to Balfour.

One happy Dad leaving stirling point.




Before we left Bluff, we stopped at the chippie and bought fush and chups and oysters for lunch. The wind was blowing again and starting to spit... time to suit up again. Here you can see Maria wearing this seasons fashion statement wet weather gear... made out of a rubbish bag.



It was a long slow haul back to Balfour and we almost made it home without any mishaps... Until about 5 minutes from home, literally within site of home from the top of the hill, Trish got a flat front tire!

No problem... Maurice the ever-present-handy-man had a spare front. So he set about changing it. Yellow will have to do...

But while we were changing that... Maurice could hear air leaking.. from the rear!!! And so rather than try and fix or change that, Trish made a dash for home... She got there just in time before it gave up completely.

And here we have the other finishers, who started from Balfour.

Trish, with her flat tyre.



Robin



Loraine



Peter




Rob, aka Kiwirob... also know as 'Dad'



Maria




And last of all, the man at the back, to whom we owe so much thanks, Maurice.



And for now, is the end of our journey.

I hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have.


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Old 03-17-2010, 07:05 PM   #62
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Hi All..

I'm still working on it.. I've just spent 3 hours in Te Anau internet cafe...

I Hope to do some more tonight in Queenstown.

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Old 03-18-2010, 05:00 PM   #63
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OK I've got a question. Which tractor had the highest top speed?

Watching with interest.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:10 PM   #64
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I've got a couple of questions too.
Was the last tractor in the convoy travelling at 25kph as hoped for ?
I saw the convoy on Day 21 and if they were travelling at 20kph they would be lucky.
And how long do you intend keeping your photo galleries posted here ?
You did well with the pics but you would have been spoilt for choice in what to take. Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:48 AM   #65
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Hi Peet
Great RR of tractor run.
Love seeing all the old tractors. When I wa a young lad I was an apprentice mechanic in the UK. Work on many of the models you have here. Supprised to see the old County 4x4. Did the thing bounce much at the front at speed due the torque wind up in the front tyres.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:31 PM   #66
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Well.. we're back home in Gisboring.

After the trek finished, we spent a day in Te Anau and Mum and Dad visited Doubtful Sound. The following night we where in Queenstown where Mum and Jess flew home... and dad and I went on the shotover jet.

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OK I've got a question. Which tractor had the highest top speed?

Watching with interest.
Thats easy. Noel "boy racer" Holland on the The County. 600+ horsepower, officially capable of 47kph, but i'm pretty sure it went faster.

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I've got a couple of questions too.
Was the last tractor in the convoy travelling at 25kph as hoped for ?
I saw the convoy on Day 21 and if they were travelling at 20kph they would be lucky.
Well that was a topic of much conversation throughout the trip. Most of the tractors were capable of over 30kph. Almost all capable of 25. We had 1 that was tapped out at 21.5kph (who incidently had consistently better travel times than the group by simply maintaining a constant speed and not stopping.)

But at times we dropped down to 12-13kph. It really took a concerted effort to keep the convoy together without stretching out, or bunching up. Funnily enough we did better on the hills than on the flats.

We didn't want tractors overtaking, so all it took was one tractor to slow do and everyone behind them was affected. Roadworks, one lane bridges and traffic lights all did their part in breaking up the convoy, then it was an effort to catch up. And it takes a long time to catch someone 2-3 k's ahead when you only have 3-4/kph speed differential.

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And how long do you intend keeping your photo galleries posted here ?
I have a smugmug account, which hosts my photo's. They will all be there for at least another year. longer if I renew. As for this forum/thread... I'll leave it here until a mod asks me to move/remove it.

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You did well with the pics but you would have been spoilt for choice in what to take. Thanks for posting.
You're right...I have taken about 100-150 photo's a day. (I use the shotgun approach ) I have picked about a dozen or so photo's from each day which best reflect the points I wanted to talk about. Now that i'm home and have a faster connection, I will upload all photos from each day.

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Hi Peet
Great RR of tractor run.
Love seeing all the old tractors. When I wa a young lad I was an apprentice mechanic in the UK. Work on many of the models you have here. Supprised to see the old County 4x4. Did the thing bounce much at the front at speed due the torque wind up in the front tyres.
Hi Marc. The County on this trip was only 2wd, because the front diff has been removed.

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Old 03-22-2010, 12:01 AM   #67
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Eh? Phew....

I've finished all the updates of the trip.

In the next few days i'll upload the rest of my photo's to the same photo album gallery's.

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Old 03-22-2010, 02:44 PM   #68
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Thank you Kiwipeet for all the trip reports and your photos. Thank goodness someone put in the effort because the official tractor trek website was a complete waste of time.
Another curly question. If the trek was held again, what would you like to see changed for the better ?
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:58 PM   #70
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Thank you Kiwipeet for all the trip reports and your photos. Thank goodness someone put in the effort because the official tractor trek website was a complete waste of time.
In fairness to the designers, the official website was built by students for the tractor trek. They did a great job of the static site, but it didn't lend itself to being updated regularly while on the road. I was given the task of updating the website as we travelled which turned out to be easier said than done.

I'm still hoping to make some changes to the site, and adding a group photo album, but sadly it will be sometime coming.

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Another curly question. If the trek was held again, what would you like to see changed for the better ?
Hmm... Firstly I would like to say that the organisers did an excellent job, and this trek took an enormous amount of time and effort to orgnanise. 2 years in fact. For the most part the trek ran extremely smoothly, any hiccups we had were trivial at best.

However it was a learning curve for everyone involved. Whoever organises the next one, has the huge advantage of being able to learn from the first.

Something I got involved with on the trek was talking to the media. We noticed a huge difference to the public turnout from town to town depending on how much prep work had been done with local newspapers and radios. Some places had hundreds waiting for us, other places had zip. Media really needed to know in advance of our arrival. All the prep work had been done by others, and I only got involved once the trek had already started. Some places we had radio presenters come out and do live radio interviews, which where received really well. In other places we didn't have anything. And so with the benefit of hindsight, you could say, well we could/should have done that everywhere. But again with the benefit of hindsight, you very quickly realise it's a big BIG job.

Maybe thats one of the big things we learned, about the number of people needed depending upon the size, scale and publicity you want to attract. Do you want something low key and casual, or high profile and polished? Little or nothing happens on it's own, it takes time and effort from dedicated and driven people to get results. And I guess that comment applies to most aspects of organising of the trek.

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I vote for burnout competitions.
Trek rules. No Hooning...

I remember hearing a story from a mate who worked in a garage in Balclutha... Friday night... after-work drinks... apprentices get a bit pisht... and start clowning about with cars doing the odd burnout... someone decided to out-do the others and do burnouts with a tractor...

A bit of diesel on the concrete here... and some ham fisted throttle there... and we bit of slipping-feet-off-clutches there... and hey presto you've got a tractor spinning it up on the workshop floor. No front brakes on tractor so you have to put it up against the workbench or... keep it full lock doing doughnuts.

It's all giggles... until several attempts later... the tractor pilot doing a doughnut is a bit wide of the diesel. The tractor hooks up and launches the tractor straight through the garage wall...

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Gday pete ,mate best ride report loved it
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More news articles.

I just had a poke around on Google and found a few more news paper articles. So I looked a bit more and found loads of hits. So I thought i'd stick them here to show how much of an impression we made.

Newspapers and Media:

http://www.odt.co.nz/the-regions/cen...take-high-road

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/galleries/...y-tractor-trek

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-e...generous-cause

http://findarticles.com/p/news-artic.../ai_n48765749/

http://digital.southernrurallife.co....&view=ZW50aXR5

http://digital.couriercountry.co.nz/...&view=ZW50aXR5

http://digital.couriercountry.co.nz/...&view=document

http://digital.thenews.co.nz/olive/o...&view=ZW50aXR5

http://rwnznewslink.blogspot.com/200...cer-south.html

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0911/S00326.htm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald...of-Cancer-Kids

http://www.hokonuigold.co.nz/breakfast.html and thier photo album: http://s776.photobucket.com/albums/y...Cancer%20Kids/

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-tim...r-child-cancer

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/n...s-fight-cancer

http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald...lan-great-trek

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-tim...ls-for-charity

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-e...hinery-display

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-tim...d-journey-ends




Sponsors and associated websites:

RD1!! http://www.rd1.co.nz/web/content?in_...1&in_page=7654

http://www.sebco.co.nz/cms/


Local/regional event calendars:

http://www.ashburtondistrict.co.nz/n...m?eventID=1461

http://www.havelock.school.nz/newsle...Feb%202010.pdf

http://www.higginspark.co.nz/


Other forums:

http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?p=1064233

>>> I've joined MTF and started a proper thread here: http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=121054

http://antiquetractorsforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=195444


Personal blogs:

http://nationalmps.co.nz/NationalNew...ArticleID=1143

http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/4852735

http://www.mylink192.com/blog.php?us...ches&note=1369

http://www.flickr.com/photos/branxholm/4198179030/

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Thumb Bruce's photo's

We've just managed to get the official photographers photo's online.

I've added a slide show to the Tractor Trek webpage, which be can be seen here: http://www.tractortrek.net/PhotoAlbum.html

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well done kiwipeet so to all readers it may pay to go back and start again as peet has made moore updates and aditions to previous pages and thats for real . with some more beauties being added,okay
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