Maungakotukutuku Diary

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  1. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    This thread started as a way of keeping some existing posts together relating to my regular riding area (the Maungakotukutuku Valley) where I go most weekends with my kids.

    These are the devil spawn I normally ride with - My sons Tim and Glen.

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    I then started adding in some reports of other rides and now its become a bit of a hodge podge...

    The posts are in no particular order - which wasnt intended its just the way its worked out.

    so without further ado...

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    Maybe I should Have Stayed At Work..


    Glen had today off work so after lunch I decided to play hookee(sp?) and go for a ride with him.

    We loaded up the bikes and headed up to our local riding area (Maungutukutuku Valley) for some fun.

    We decided to play in the forest which is always a blast

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    How Glen managed to ride around for a while without noticing this was beyond me.

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    We decided to explore some rougher tracks and I rode round a corner down a drop off and found myself in some nasty mud

    Glen bailed at the last minute and avoided my fate.

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    I wasnt so lucky

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    It was deeper than my boots and super sticky - we had to jam timber under the frame and lie the bike on the timber to get it out. Must have taken 20 minutes to get it out.

    I was so rooted by the time we got it out I though I was going to puke..

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    This was the worst muck I have ever been stuck in..

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    We finally made it back to the car and I noticed that my indicator was looking worse for wear.

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    Oh and to finish the day off my front tire went flat about 500m from the car.

    It was an awesome ride - and I'm totally f*cked
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  2. Crisis management

    Crisis management Latte riders FTW!

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    Looks good, hope we don't get as stuck on Sunday.....
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  3. warewolf

    warewolf Tyre critic

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    Mmm, yummy mud!

    You know, I couldn't read that without hearing the 450 being wound open to try and get through it :evil
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  4. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    Nice one man, looks like a great trail! :D
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  5. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    By the look of where you landed you got a pretty good launch for being caught by surprise.HTFU!

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  6. Jaqhammar

    Jaqhammar Hooligan

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    I'm taking a couple of blokes singletrack riding tommorow.
    It's been pissing down here every other day.
    I fully expect to be able to produce mud pics similar to yours mate.:lol3

    Thanks for the report.

    Cheers: Jaq.
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  7. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Wish I could be there with you guys on Sunday (unless its raining of course :evil)

    I was very restrained ... but the sound of an uncorked 450 being beaten on is chubby material

    Its an awesome trail - just didnt quite expect this in the middle of summer

    My son Glen (who got covered in mud helping) was muttering about looking before leaping.
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  8. Sylvia

    Sylvia vir sapit qui pauca loqui

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    Now that is a mud pit!!
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  9. Oaters

    Oaters Been here awhile

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    great to see you're still having a blast Mark - cheers S
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  10. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Capital Coast Adventure 2008

    On the Friday before the CCA BusaJim organized a ride for some of the Christchurch guys up the Maungakotukutuku Valley so my son Glen and I decided to tag along. We went up after lunch and had a play untill we had to go and meet the others at 2.30.

    We got a bit sidetracked as we were meeting the others at the foot of the hill that is just visable at the far end of the valley in the picture below.

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    We finally met up with the others at 3.00 and headed up towards Orange Hut. We stopped at the turn off to Devils Staircase and regrouped.

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    We then headed off and regrouped again after the first stream crossing.

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    It was a bit slippery and quite a few of us had close encounters of the muddy kind...

    At this point we realized that we'd lost Pampa so Glen and I headed back to look for his corpse while the others forged on to Orange Hut

    We met him coming our way but minus his gearlever which had sheared the shaft flush with the case. So we escorted him slowly (he was stuck in third) back to the road. He was not a happy camper as he was all geared up for the CCA on his near new BMW 650 X-Challenge which he'd only owned for 4 weeks. He declined a ride on our trailer and motored slowly off towards home.

    I didnt realize that BMW had already started making its engines in China.

    The others all returned safely from Orange Hut shortly after we got back and headed off to set up camp at the school.

    Saturday - The Capital Coast Adventure

    Just some random photos I took during the ride. What perfect weather and what a great ride. The little DT230 was perfect for this sort of ride - with its low comfortable seat, lightish weight and sweet motor.

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  11. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Molesworth - Rainbow 21/2/2008

    Just some photos taken a week or so ago while on a short holiday with Tri Boy (Scrambler).

    We rode to the Molesworth Rd via Port Underwood Rd. This is an awesome road - 50/50 seal/gravel - beautiful views - plenty of curves - just awesome.

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    And then onto the Rainbow...

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  12. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    it didn't go quite as planed...

    Glen and I had arranged to meet Gunna (Tim) at the end of the mungatook valley and ride up a hill to see what we could see....

    Gunna was late so Glen and I entertained ourselves by playing in the mud.

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    Gunna finally turned up (about 3.30) so we headed off to the offending hill.

    Glen decided he needed a break and parked his bike.

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    After we extracted it we headed off with Gunna disappearing rapidly into the distance.

    The hill was steep, the ground was slippery and the ruts were deep. If you lost forward momentum you started sliding backwards. By the time Glen and I were half way up we were totally rooted. You couldn't even stand on some sections.

    We got to a point where we could not get any further and stopped for a drink.

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    Gunna, meanwhile, had ridden off the track and down the bank and into a tree. After giving up waiting for help he extracted his bike by himself, went all the way to the top and down the other side and came back up to see where we had got to - this was a bit demoralizing...

    With Gunnas expert riding he got our bikes past the nasty bit we were stuck on and we made it to the top as the sun started to set.

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    Gunna celebrated by throwing himself over his handlebars (we missed the fun unfortunately) and we then all went down the other side in the twilight (no lights on any of the bikes). My bike was so happy to reach the bottom it celebrated by throwing me off half way across a slippery wooden bridge.

    We eventually made it back to the cars/vans and loaded up in the dark.

    I am totally rooted and sore all over but what a great ride...
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  13. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    It didn't go quite as planed...

    I passed Tim here...

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    And hit the tree about here...

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    and learnt on the way back to the trailer that front mudguards are useful things...

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    instant freckles...
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  14. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Spent 2 hours cleaning all the crap from Motu-Matawai-Minginui Midwinter Madness 07 off my bike on Saturday. It looked really good.

    On Sunday Glen wanted to go for a liitle ride so we went and checked tire pressures etc...

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    And went to see what we could see..

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    It was a bit more slippery than we expected..

    This is where I dropped the 660..

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    This is where Glen got stuck (needs a knobby)..

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    I think I need to clean my bike..

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  15. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    which came with some expensive accessories....

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    A new Yamaha trenching tool - guaranteed to test the anal sphincter control of an inexperienced adventure rider...

    Of course it needed some interesting locations to be run in over...

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    I havent even owned it a week yet and its already due for its second oil/filter change...

    cheers


    Mark
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  16. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    The recent rain made the track a little wet in places...

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    But we soldiered on cause were tuff....(or stupid)

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    After a while we decided we needed a little hillclimb....

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    it got a bit steep in places..

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    by the time we stopped for a drink about 1/3 way up we were totally f*cked...

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    It was beautiful bush that we were riding in

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    On the way out my younger son Tim parked in some interesting places...

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    We completely drowned Tim's bike and had to push it out to the road....

    I spent all this morning getting the water out and oil changing etc...

    It was a heck of a fun afternoon...
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  17. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Went for a ride this afternoon with my two boys. Got kicked out of our normal area so we found a great new track ...

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    As usual it was a bit wet in places...

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    A few little hill climbs..

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    And a brilliant mud bog...

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    And as usual a few ooopses...

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    And a chain that will need a clean...

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    It was fun ... and I hurt every where
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  18. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    But is was real pretty so I thought some of you might be interested.

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    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    My son Glen has this week off work so on Saturday afternoon we loaded the bikes onto the trailer and headed off to stay at a neat bach about 10km out of Ngawi at the bottom of the Wairarapa

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    Gunna was meeting us there and as his Scrambler was a bit heavy for what we had in mind to do we had brought the mighty zonk for him to ride. Notice that we fitted a customized refrigerated top box to carry our refreshments.

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    Sunday morning saw us up at 6.30-7.00 and by about 8.30 we headed off up the hill beside the Pinicles and headed towards Sutherlands Hut in the Aorangi Forest Park.

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    It was a great ride and as you climb quite high up the views were spectacular..

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    Once we started the descent towards Sutherlands Hut everything went a bit pear shaped. You go over a rise and are instantly on a long steep downhill composed of vast amounts of baseball sized rocks.

    I was the first casualty when I high sided and got thrown completely off the track and about 3-4 metres down the bank. Luckily I landed in flax bushes and a brushy soft tree stopped my descent. It was so damned steep that we never stopped for photos as we were struggling to hold bikes upright and keep from sliding.

    The track leveled out for a while before descending steeply again and here Glen barrel rolled his DT - twisting the forks and scratching and bending plenty of misc bits and pieces. Still too steep for photos

    Gunna being Gunna rode down all of this on the worst bike (which had just blown a fork seal and dumped the entire contents onto the front disk and caliper) without any drama and eventually rode back up to find out what was keeping us girls.....

    The last bit was easy so we limped into the Hut and collapsed...

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    After we recovered we spent about 45-60 minutes aligning forks and repairing various bits on Glens DT to make it properly ridable.

    Gunna was keen to go back the way we came but Glen and I didn't want to face those two climbs again. Gunna rode my WR up to the top and back and said it was do-able but he is in an entirely different class than Glen or I and we weren't having a bar of it.

    So we took the long way home - via Haurangi Rd and Martinbourough then back down to the coast. Can't have been very nice for Gunna riding the zonk 50km on the road at about 70km/hr.

    It was a great ride and we were all pretty rooted by the time we got back.

    more to come....
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  20. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Gunna had to head off on Sunday night so Glen and I decided to kick back and have a lazy day on Monday.

    The weather had been perfect on Sunday and Monday was perfect as well - not a cloud in the sky and no wind to speak of.

    We went around to castle point in the car and did the touristy stuff..

    250 odd steps to the top off this thing..

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    lovely scenery

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    Later on we went for a couple of rides near the bach up rocky river beds.

    The first one had a steep rocky ravine that teed off it and so we decided to go and explore..

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    I decided have a go up the steep narrow part

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    It got so narrow that i had to turn around. The poor old zonk was getting the sh*t beaten out of it on all the rocks.

    The little DT was handling this sort of riding surprisingly well - its a very versatile bike.

    Later on we headed up another river bed

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    but we decided to give up when the rocks got a bit big

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    great sunset to end a great day..

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    still more to come..
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