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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Fleethaul, Oct 11, 2005.
Stopped at Moana, Lake Brunner, for a drink. Looking towards Arthur's Pass in the Main Divide
On the road to Otira Gorge, leading up to Arthurs Pass
The start of the Otira Valley leading to the gorge
Looking up to the pass
The Otira Pub, One of the wettest places in NZ
Late afternoon sun leaves the valleys
There's a message here somewhere
The climb begins
Obligatory bridge shot
The road used to be one way, they widened it by canterleaving
the second lane out from the sie of the wall.
Great photos, Fleethaul
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.
A couple of years ago they opened this
The avalanches go underneath, apparently
........ Donot Feed the Kea
And here he is.
Kea - New Zealand Alpine Parrot.
Keas are smart, and they love anything plastic leather or rubber.
As many tourists have found they love to use this
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
In fact he posed.
and allowed me to move the camera just 1 foot away
The final section to the top of the pass
and down the other side
Arthur's pass complete with waterfall that I hadn't noticed until
I pic'd the sign
Looking back at Arthur's pass (the lefthand notch)
On this side of the pass rainfall is much lower and bush/forest becomes
much less obvious
Around a switchback corner this towers above making it difficult
to concentrate on the road.
Another 20km's and the bush gives way to tussock grassland.
The road into Flock Hill just for the dirt riders.
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.
On past lake pearson
Porter's pass is unimpressive at the best of times
below the cloud
I salute you all
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.
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
Yes, it absolutely is, an you sir are one f..in' dealer tempting us with damn' clean and good stuff!
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.
Great stuff... This is certainly what Advrider is all about..
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.
They also rented a car and those Kea birds ripped off some chrome strips from the car!!
These reports are kicking serious ass so far today.
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.