1 bike 2 tanksful 4 passes 8 hours 16 photo ops

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Fleethaul, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #1
  2. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #2
  3. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Stopped at Moana, Lake Brunner, for a drink. Looking towards Arthur's Pass in the Main Divide
    [​IMG]
    #3
  4. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    On the road to Otira Gorge, leading up to Arthurs Pass

    [​IMG]

    The start of the Otira Valley leading to the gorge

    [​IMG]

    Looking up to the pass

    [​IMG]

    The Otira Pub, One of the wettest places in NZ

    [​IMG]
    #4
  5. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    Late afternoon sun leaves the valleys

    [​IMG]

    There's a message here somewhere

    [​IMG]

    The climb begins

    [​IMG]

    Obligatory bridge shot

    [​IMG]

    The road used to be one way, they widened it by canterleaving
    the second lane out from the sie of the wall.

    [​IMG]
    #5
  6. richard cabesa

    richard cabesa The Mayor Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2003
    Oddometer:
    9,683
    Location:
    Santa Cabesa
    Great photos, Fleethaul :thumb
    #6
  7. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    The road used to cross at the top of the shingle scree with a wicked set
    of switchbacks at the far end down to join the road by the end of the viaduct.

    [​IMG]

    A couple of years ago they opened this

    [​IMG]
    The avalanches go underneath, apparently
    [​IMG]
    #7
  8. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    Introducing the........
    ........ Donot Feed the Kea

    [​IMG]

    And here he is.
    Kea - New Zealand Alpine Parrot.
    [​IMG]
    Keas are smart, and they love anything plastic leather or rubber.

    As many tourists have found they love to use this
    [​IMG]
    on seats hand grips keys or gloves. Within seconds of moving
    from your bike they will be on it destroying it.


    He still likes the look of it
    [​IMG]

    In fact he posed.
    and allowed me to move the camera just 1 foot away
    [​IMG]
    #8
  9. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    The final section to the top of the pass
    [​IMG]
    and down the other side
    [​IMG]
    Arthur's pass complete with waterfall that I hadn't noticed until
    I pic'd the sign
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    #9
  10. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    [​IMG]

    Looking back at Arthur's pass (the lefthand notch)

    [​IMG]

    On this side of the pass rainfall is much lower and bush/forest becomes
    much less obvious
    [​IMG]

    Around a switchback corner this towers above making it difficult
    to concentrate on the road.
    [​IMG]

    Another 20km's and the bush gives way to tussock grassland.
    The road into Flock Hill just for the dirt riders.


    [​IMG]
    #10
  11. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    I took the previous shot from the bike, over this armco barrier, on a blind corner,
    this shot happened while trying to turn the camera off while wearing gloves, in a hurry 'cause I
    could hear vehicles coming from both directions.

    [​IMG]

    On past lake pearson
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Porter's pass is unimpressive at the best of times
    [​IMG]
    below the cloud
    homeward bound
    [​IMG]
    #11
  12. toothy

    toothy Grin

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2005
    Oddometer:
    14,195
    Location:
    Freelard
    Beautiful.
    #12
  13. Fleethaul

    Fleethaul Tread Depth Adjuster

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Oddometer:
    141
    Location:
    45 South , New Zealand
    I salute you all
    [​IMG]
    and finish off with a sunrise view of Porter's pass taken from
    my front door.It's the lowest notch in the foothills.Today I rode it for
    15th time in the 37 years I have been riding.
    [​IMG]
    We (advriders?) scour the world for the best rides and most of us find them
    under our noses. Advrider is THE site I visit every day and get to live
    in someone elses image of their world. it's addictive.
    It took a recent online magazine article rating the top 10 rides in the world where
    the Western Alps were named Number One and SI New Zealand Number Two
    to make me realise we do have rides here worthy of note why not record them.
    Spending time in those mountains is quite humbling. The photos in no way
    convey the scale, the steepness, the beauty. Others who have
    photographed mountain scenes will understand
    #13
  14. Cooltours

    Cooltours Rider of passion

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,501
    Location:
    Zuerich, Switzerland
    Yes, it absolutely is, an you sir are one f..in' dealer tempting us with damn' clean and good stuff!
    #14
  15. andruboz

    andruboz Serial overfiller

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2004
    Oddometer:
    6,256
    Location:
    central tx
    no wonder NZ is the #1 tourist destination.

    or was it the #1 on peoples wish list. something like that.

    blame peter jackson. l.o.t.r. let the cat out of the bag. before that we just thought you had sheep.

    great pics. beautiful country.

    be there as soon as i hit the lottery.
    #15
  16. topes

    topes Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2004
    Oddometer:
    6,351
    Location:
    Tejas
    Great stuff... This is certainly what Advrider is all about..
    #16
  17. NAVIGATOR

    NAVIGATOR Wanderer

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2002
    Oddometer:
    1,953
    Location:
    SOUTH OF THE USA BORDER(friendlier Mexico)
    My parents went to NZ a few years ago and loved it, when they showed us the pics they took, I said that some day I will get to ride your beautiful Country. :nod

    They also rented a car and those Kea birds ripped off some chrome strips from the car!!
    #17
  18. RLK

    RLK KLR VFR

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2004
    Oddometer:
    7,795
    Location:
    CSprings
    These reports are kicking serious ass so far today.
    #18
  19. Wheedle

    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2004
    Oddometer:
    4,197
    Location:
    Newnan GA
    Beautiful pics!!!!
    #19
  20. Bob Freda

    Bob Freda Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    73
    Location:
    Where's Plympton ?
    Great pictures, Great roads. I will be heading to NZ this coming April to visit my sister and plan to rent bike and visit South Island.
    #20