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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today the forecast is supposed to be good and we planned the cross road route back north west to Rotorua past Lake Waikaremoana on as the sign warns “Caution 105 km of curvy un-surfaced road”. You never know though as the weather changes here every few hours and the forecast is very unreliable.


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    The sky began to look ominous as we made our way south to Wairoa, but we only had a few sprinkles. Stopping here for a coffee the sun was actually out.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We rode north west “to the lake”. There is little traffic, but on the first 70 km off road the curves are tight and the route is very narrow. This means despite the good surface it was hard to get up any speed for fear of meeting a local coming at you at 80 km/h and likely towing a boat. The road hangs on the cliff above the lake and then drops down and widens after Ruatahuna. There are just a few scattered homes on this route and no services.


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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Just 7 km before we made the sealed road Dan had a rear flat. This would not have been so bad as we did get a new tube this week, but then it started to pour.

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    We had the wheel off and the bead broken when the rain started in earnest. We got the gear hidden under a tree and we hid under the tarp. The rain settled a bit and we got back to work. We found the nail hole in the tube, but could not see a hole in the tire. It must have been an in and out and the hole was small enough to take a while to flatten. After the problem we had in Iceland and Greece with the metal shards buried in the rubber we were worried. Interesting none of the 10 or so cars that drove by slowed or stoped to offer help. We got the tire inflated and it was holding air.

    We had just packed up the tarp when it started bucketing. Getting our suits and rain gear on was a comedy as was finishing up the mounting of the wheel. We set off for the last few km of gravel that was now muddy puddles and by the time we made it to the pavement it was only showers. Murupara is 20 km on the paved road and by then it was sunny, our rain gear was dry and we disrobed to air dry the suits.

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    We also managed to get cell coverage finally to message Ash in Lake Okareka 70 km away that we were intact finally coming. He was kind enough to message us off HU and offer us a place to stay. He has motorbiked and biked all over the world. We enjoyed a nice hot dinner and some wine as well as lots of travel stories.

    The weather forecast really sucks for the Rotarua area and all points south and west! This messes with our plans, but we are used to change. So we will stay here another night and then head south and east to Napier where the sun is supposed to be shining.
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  4. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    :clap:clap:clap Outstanding updates for the last few days. Thank you.
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  5. Smidty

    Smidty Been here awhile

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks guy! We have had A LOT of spare time. Our bikes arrived to Melbourne a week ago and they still have not been processed by Customs and quarantine!!!! It's getting quite ridiculous. We are very lucky to have a fiend to stay with an his Vstrom to ride. It look like we might not get the bikes until mid next week. This essentially kiboshes our 2 week trip to Tasmania. We are planning to get the May 2 boat to Timor Este and that is 7000 km from here in Darwin. SP
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today in Lake Okareka it was raining on and off and heavy at times until about 1 pm. This gave us some down time for “office hour” and we got caught up on emails and blogs. Dan’s 800 is still having on and off issues with idle and it did not sound great this morning, but by the time we got 10 km it was running perfectly. We made a break for it to town for lunch at a typical NZ cafe. This means good strong coffee (long black or flat white) and self service hot display cases full of yummy things like pot pies. The price may be premium here where the minimum wage is $17, but the quality is first rate.

    Fortified we headed to the Kuirau Park in the center, which is full of thermal jets and bubbling mud pots (along with the sulfur stench as well). Then we did a tour of the lake front with intermittent drizzle. We stopped by KTM to price out tires and check out the options, but we will order them in Wellington. Next we made for the Pack n’ Save to get fixings for dinner for Ash and some of his riding friends tonight. We had another great evening exchanging travel and riding stories.

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    With some better weather forecast we will head south to Napier. We made one small detour to the mud pots in the Waiotapu Thermal area just south of Rotarua. Just about half way we took a brake in Lake Taupo for another great cafe meal.


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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The weather turned cold and wet as we headed over the mountains on the highway 5, but 20 km before the turn off for the Taihape-Napier road we could see blue sky to the east.

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    This is a recently paved cross road, which may be closed in winter and of the 134 km we did not pass a car until the last 40.

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    We did meet quite a few sheep however.


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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have been so lucky to be hosted almost every night since we arrived, but we booked into a hotel in the art deco city of Napier. We were warmly greeted by the manager who came right out when we arrived to tell us where the best spot to park was. At check in he said that we had been upgraded as well. Dan was confused when they asked “what kind of fresh milk” he wanted. This was of course for “our tea”! only in NZ!!

    For our rest day we lazed about in the morning and then did a 5 km walk around the city.

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    Our room had a full kitchen so it was nice to have all our meals at home!

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today it is cloudy and cooler.

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    We had planned to ride out to the Gannet colony at Cape kidnapper, but after getting most of the way out there we found the access is blocked by private land and you have to go on a tour. AHH no.

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    So we continued south on the route 52, which a a nice secondary road thru the occasional settlement and past farm lands.

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  12. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    Who's in charge here? :lol2
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Sheep Dog for sure! Cows are much easier to deal with on the bikes!
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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We stopped in Porangahau, which has a nice coffee kiosk in someones front yard and we grabbed a pie from the corner shop. It is starting to sprinkle a bit. We have just a few km to go to

    Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, which is the place with the longest name in the world. We saw very few cars all day.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Part way we stopped in Pongaroa for a drink at the pub and to chat to some Canadian cyclists. From here there is a 60 km loop road into AA beach. All but 20 are paved and the rest is good gravel.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to the beach we had a snack and while we were watching the waves a furry sea lion hopped out onto the beach.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is how you tow your boat in New Zealand!

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    Riding back to the 52 from the north we had to retrace 15 km and then made for the Pa Valley and then the Mangaone Valley roads and arrived to Pahiatua at 630 to the home of HU Hubb members John and Sarah.


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  18. gwedo

    gwedo old enough to know better

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    great report as usual . love the photo bomb of the kite surfer. do you know if rosco travel through canada as i may have meet him at a gas station in manitoba .safe travels
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  19. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    hopefully it was just some bad gas/water in gas causing the bike problem.
    looks nice and civil, N Z.
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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes he has many times. He leads tours and he will be back next summer when we get back as well!