This is my first attempt at embedding photo links so bear with me please, it might take alittle while to get it right It’s been several years since I last contributed to these pages - one of them bringing no income at all, saw to that. It’s good to be back. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> The last time I contributed anything was here:- <o></o> http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=340074&page=5 <o></o> and I suspect that this new report may be my final chapter. I very much hope I am wrong and on that basis Jamie (Ducatijim) and I are planning a return to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Australia</st1lace></st1:country-region> next year. However, my accumulation of years is starting to get in the way - specifically arthritis is threatening my clutch hand. Jamie too, has similar issues and so we are working on making the most of the time we have left. In my case, learning to manage with minimum clutch use and keeping anti-inflammatories close to hand, is working for now. Jamie has his own methods and so we are not done yet. <o></o> Jamie has regularly spent time in the <st1lace w:st="on">South Island</st1lace> seeking out the interesting bits but I had only ever taken my road bike down there, even though it’s where I was born. Consequently, it is very likely that I have seen more of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Australia</st1lace></st1:country-region>’s back country than my own. This has always seemed incongruous to me and so when Jamie suggested that we organize 2 weeks down there, I was enthusiastic from the start. So Jamie did his thing with organizing some of the best stuff that he had done and then adding to it some routes he had not done but which appealed to his inclination to nudge the limits a little. He has proved very skilled in the organizing stuff in the past and so it proved again. <o></o> I still have the DR that I took to Oz while Jamie has bought another one to which he has fitted some of the farkle bits that he had on the old one. To that he has added some fresh farkles but with mixed results. He is not entirely satisfied with the outcome, particularly as regards the front suspension. <o></o> Nevertheless, the die was cast and so on Saturday January 26<SUP>th</SUP>, I found myself heading to Jamie’s place with plenty of time (Reporoa, it’s about 250km), in no particular hurry and so via a somewhat circuitous route. It was my birthday and I couldn’t think of a better present that to be setting out again on what was sure to be a really good ride. (It was also <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Australia</st1lace></st1:country-region> day. I like Oz and the Ozzies but I’ve always had mixed feelings about sharing my birthday with a whole country.) <o></o> I had a fresh set of tyres on and so was inclined to poke my nose down any little side track that I saw - hence my rediscovery of the world famous Lake Waikare Yacht Club. It’s world famous because it’s been in these pages before, although some years ago. <o></o> One of the buildings is obviously much younger than the other although incomplete. So someone has apparently attempted to resurrect the activity at some time but with questionable success. I wonder what happened.