Lock up your grandmothers

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by McCardigan, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    Good lordy,lordy, Smugmug she loves me:rofl

    So while the going is good, I'm going to try and download as many photo's as I can as I have a free afternoon, locked in the office you might say:evil:evil

    We are at Lake Ferry hotel at the bottom end of martinbourgh, and it is howling with galeforce winds, whitecaps on the lake. We are going nowhere, Susan is not well, I have signds of the flu returning.

    This has to be one of the best pubs anywhere. Big statement, but weigh up the views, the cost of acc, ($35pp,pn) and food that Don and I rate as amonsgt the best we have eaten anywhere in the world, and we are both well travelled, Don more so, and both are very good in the kitchen. Both had seafood chowder for entree, he grilled whole flounder, me Bluenose fish on a prawn rissotto, Susan a lamb pie, 2 bottles of wine, sweets, coffee, $60 per head!!! Sensational, in Oz, similar would be $200 a head.

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    Looks like it will be a long day in the office dear:lol3
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  2. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Monday is supposed to be much betterer.

    Last time I was over at Lake Ferry the food was truly appalling, so I'd say they've changed chef. :lol3. That was when Gus's ICU died part way round the beach between Lake Ferry & Whangaimoana Beach.

    The coast road out to Cape Palliser is real nice, as is the ride (more offroad) after Ocean Beach on the other side of the Lake.
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  3. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    Yes, and BMW's amongst the tuppaware, KTM's with the vehicle recovery section, The English in with the electrical department, Italians in the Lingerei deparmnet:wink::wink:, any others we have forgotten?
    So back to the job.
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    A small example of a superb carpentry tool selection.
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    But not just bikes, try this corvette, 1 of only 4 built!!
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    Then we come to what brings thousands of like mined people to Invercargill.
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    To be continued hopefully:D
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  4. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    Yes the owners a lovley youngish couple took time off for about 18 months, and the pub went down hill, but they are back refreshed and doing a magnificent job.

    Yes done the Cape Pallister road several times, if you get to know the locals, you can get advice as to how to get round the locked gate at the lighthouse and continue north, but they advise not to try and do it on your own.
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  5. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    There used to be an excellent rally off in the scrub just past the locked gate. The track thru' to White Rock Station was/is a lot of fun, but challenging. There's a gravel scree that you might need mates to help with. Then a steep hill climb / descent that is slowly slipping into the sea.
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  6. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    Coffee break over:evil back to the office

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    Now back to the bikes, BTW for those wondering how they manage to have so many examples, E Hayes and Sons occuppies an entire city block in Invercargill. The building depth is over a 100 mts, and boasts that in their hardware section, (middle) their tool selection runs the entire 100 mts on the nortern wall!!!. Only other store that even came close to this was Ryan and Sons in Elizabeth st Melbourne, now closed:cry:cry
    Ah Bunnings and co, eat your f**king hearts out, a real store staffed by people who have knowledge and pride in what they do, that is how you provide service, long may E &Hayes live:clap:clap:clap

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    Buggar, begining to have problems, transmitting them, maybe them gods need a break.Here's hoping:cry:cry



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  7. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    The gods still love me:clap lets see how far we can get:wink:
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    That's history people, and as I said, long may they continue to thrive.:clap:clap:clap

    PS Just imagine living in that Southland area, "I'm just popping down to the hardware dear":lol3:lol3:lol3.

    Oh I wish.

    Hope you enjoyed the tour of the store, BTW, never took photo's of their outdoor camping, BBQ, area, which comprises another third of their floor display area!!!
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  8. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    While it is happening, I may as well throw in a few photo's just to encourage you to come on down:D

    West out of Blenheim heading to Saint Arnaud on Hy 63
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    End of day 1 on South Isle, my office for the night, the Reefton Auto Lodge, highly recommended $70pp, m/c friendly, after coming partly down one of my great tar roads of the South, the Buller, lots of photo's heading back on that magic bit of road when I did it in its entiriety last week. But I had problems this day, lack of charging.
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    On top of the Crowns Head range between Wanaka and Queenstown, stuning views

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    There is an Air NewZealnd 700/737 in there on its approach to Queenstown.
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    Airfield very hard to see, I have blown this photo up, look at the topleft 1/4 section, a faint straight line between to lakes is it
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    Tis me with AFBS:D
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    Next view spot about 1/2 a kay down
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    Not smiling anymore.

    The night before at Refeeton I had met 3 Harley riding guys, pleastant people and nice to talk to. Met them again back at the 1st Crowns Ridge view spot, they were loading one of the Hogs into their backup van. Happens to all of us:cry Left them and rode down to the next lookout. Take photo's and as I approach my bike, I hear them coming, it's on a tighting right hander, 1st bike thunders pass and I wave, his mate looks either at me or beyond me to the spectaclular backdrop views, and in an instant realises he has overcooked the corner and is heading straight for the armco and beyond. He slams the front brake on, and because he is lent over, the front tucks under him and high sides him straight towards the armco. I see this happening before me (no more then 5mts away) , all in a split second, but I can still clearly see what is unfolding.
    He is projected head first towards the armco(wearing a flimsy unlined open face, boy I look tough helmet) but manages to put his right arm in front of him, then he hits the top edge, which has been built with the bend facing away from the roadside. I see his lower right arm hit and I hear the crack, the impact throws him over the armco in a sommersault(sp) and lands on his bum, then flops over on his right.

    I get to him, and thankfully is awake, and sits up. Get him to cradle his arm, then head back to the bike where my mobile is in the tank bag to ring 000. Thankfully the next vehicle is a camper with a nurse on board!!!. She proceeds to comfort him while we ring for help. A chinese couple are next to arrive, followed by his mate, who is panicking, he could'nt even dial 000, tries to take over, is told to chill out, does'nt wont the bike moved, even though it is lying in the top of the apex of the corner, we ignore him and get the mother off the road, by hell they are heavy.

    After a while things settle down, and all we can do is wait for the ambo. The guy is OK,, in shock, but not bleeding:clap
    Not a nice experinece, very sobbering, and as my Doc says, (Hi Doc AT), no wonder he hates open face helmets, and can now relate why he hates to have to try and rebuild faces.
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    Time for dinner folks,

    TBC, so long as the gods still like me:lol3:lol3
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  9. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Wow exciting stuff. See what happens when you wave to other riders?
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  10. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Thank god they guy survived, it's been shitty weekend for motorcyclists.

    What;'s that orange stick for? Is that how you get the side stand down?
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  11. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    Nope,its for keeping women in line.!

    Let the fight begin!


    PS It was a perfect example of an inenexperinced motorcyclist.
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  12. Postie

    Postie kiwi

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    You are very perceptive Alex:rofl
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  13. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    What`s that black stuff, Chris? I don`t mind dark beers, but about two pints or so pulls me up. :1drink
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  14. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    If you are heading North via hwy 2 check out North Range Rd for a neat little diversion if the weather is good - off the Pahiatua Track, turns to easy 4x4 road then comes out near the Manawatu Gorge.

    Further toward the East coast is probably more fun overall though, Castle Point, Pongaroa, Porangahau plus other sidetrips out to the coast.

    Cheers
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  15. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    option c. North from ashurst following the tararua ranges coming out at Mangaweka. I did it a few tears ago in a hurry but saw a couple of signs for museums on farms, could be worth a look.

    box a bits you been through their and what are the museums like. Its gravel roads.
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  16. warewolf

    warewolf Tyre critic

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    Just in case... in New Zealand, the emergency services number is 111. Also, the international GSM (mobile) standard emergency number is 112, which also works here. These numbers work on locked, sim-less and out-of-credit phones. Unfortunately you do have to be in range with some battery left :lol3

    Glad the fellah was not more seriously hurt. Distraction is big cause of oops! moments.

    Sounds like you are having a great trip! I did a loop of the Mainland in March, and going again this March... can't wait! :freaky
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  17. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    Sorry for the lack ofupdates, but have had a few personal iissues to deal with. But all is well, currently in Coramandel, scene of my almost demise 4 years ago! Went looking for the paramedic's from Thames who kept me alive, but alas it is a big hospital, not the small town St John's station I was expecting, having no memory of it.

    But I did have some bloody fun today, at the expense of NZ's finest HP.
    They had a major roadblock at the bridge crossing at Paeroa. I cruised pass just as they were dismantling, must have run out of coffee and doughts:lol3 There would have been at least a dozen HP cars, mind you all parked on the nature strip both sides. I stopped just passed them, pretending to consult my map, but coyly taking a photo, I did not want to attract their attention:wink: The name is Billy, not Silly!.

    Especially since I had disconected both my rear brake/tail light, many moons ago, (One of the problems I have to sort out when I get to Katikati ) They began to dispersed,and 3 of them went pass me, I promptly dropped in behind the tail, try as they did, to show how fast they could go through corners at advisoary speeds of 60/70, tapping their brakes, I just sat back, gave them about a 100mts, then nailed it into and out of the corner, so I was right back up on the rear of the tail.

    This went on all the way to Thames, made my day:D
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  18. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    By jingos, you're bouncing around the country like a bead of sweat in the cleavage of a well endowed aerobics instructor :wink:

    Have fun up Coro, dunno if you got that far on your previous visit but it's well worth going all the way up both sides until you run out of road. We're mostly around until xmas if you bounce down this way again & need a bed.

    Cheers
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  19. Oscar

    Oscar Curmudgeon

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    For a country boy, that's a well crafted analogy, Clint:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  20. McCardigan

    McCardigan happy Budda

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    G/day Clint

    I will be back in the Coro before Christmas, but for today I'm with friends from Adelaide in a hire car, who can only travel on sealed roads
    I do need to get down to Ian's and do some TLC on Miss Heidie, the clutch is drivig me insane, the sidestand needs straighting and probably lenghting, and the fact that a shortsighted woman driver failed to judge the distance from me and promptly reversed into me, while the bike was on the sidstand didnt help! She hit the right pannier, no damage to me, but left a nce dent in the rear panel of her people mover:D Hubby will be pleased:D

    Hi ho, hi ho its off to work I go:rofl

    And I do like your anology, have done almost 8,000kms in 3 weeks, with no invites to the annual Policeman's fundraiser,:lol3:lol3:lol3