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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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    There are a number of gates to open and close, except for the last 30 km, which is thru private land and they have cattle gates. The last 15 km to the tar seal was a challenge with the gusting wind and not so much the road surface or steep inclines

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    A Day on THE NEVIS

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well it was a very good decision to book into a motel and stock up with supplies today, since the weather turned horrific the next day. We took advantage tonight and went out for Mexican food!There was high winds and with torrential down pours. We did not even leave our room for 36 hours. The rain did finally stop and we did a walk to the historic old town.

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The sun is out today, but it is 14 degrees! We rode 45 km west to Arrowtown thru the Kawarau Gorge and then up the Coronet Peak Road to the base of the ski lifts for a panoramic view.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You ride almost all the way back to the main road and there is a cut off for the Skippers Canyon road where the sign says “ Caution back country road, conditions vary, and vehicle damage possible.”

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    This is the New Zealand road where rental car insurance is not honored, Skippers Road’s 16.5 km is mostly one-way, narrow and steep with sheer drops of several hundred metres.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The surface is good gravel for most of the way the last 5 km is dirt and would be challenging after wet weather. The first 5 km the road is steep and narrow and we were happy to only run into 1 vehicle. We were lucky the rest of the way as we did encounter 2 others, but never is a one lane section.


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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road ends at the cemetery about 2 km past the bridge.


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    On the way out we did have to wait as we saw a truck coming down a long winding 1 lane section. The mid section of the road runs along the river. 2 km from the end is the Skipper’s bridge. The road ends at a car park where you can access back country hikes and there is a historic cemetery. All in all we had 3 days to catch up on email and blog, photos, and uploading, as well as read and relax. We also did a bit of maintenance and cleaned and polished the boots and seats, washed the suits, and repainted some of the rusty metal on the light protectors and mounts for the accessory lights.

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  8. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    :thumbAnother great report. Thank you for all of the work it takes to bring us along. I 've always enjoyed sharing your journey. Now I'm nursing a broken foot during our best riding season here and I'm appreciating it even more.
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  9. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Excellent, nice that when on NEVIS they ley you know where the nearest Pubs are!:photog
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  10. ThirtyOne

    ThirtyOne I got my wings back. Supporter

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    Just found this thread. I have some reading to do. Looks AMAZING!
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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Sorry to hear about the foot! We are back on the road in Oz this week! Cheers SP
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    know always good to know where your next beer is coming from!
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey thanks! Yes lots of pages Yikes! Sara
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    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    And some absolutely stunning photos to ,I might add.
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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Daniel does a great job with the images!!! Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Cromwell we have only a 54 km ride back to Wanaka home of the Twomotokiwi, but we will make it into 165 km with a ride unto the Lindis Pass summit. This is another very windy day. Despite having the last 3 weeks with temperatures over 30 it has been in the low teens this week and it is 10 this morning.We started by riding up the other side of the lake.

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    The ride up the pass is pretty boring and there is not much of a view from the “summit”.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We rode back to Wanaka and parked on the sidewalk and walked over to Vodaphone to get more data. We have used our 8 G because the wifi is so bad here we have used the phone to tether and uploading photos has burned thru it. Then we went over to Relish recommended by our friend foodie Mark from Hong Kong. After I set up the phone I got a message from Ellen of Twomotokiwi “I see you are in town where are you?” Apparently she had seen us ride by and was running down the road after us. She found the bikes parked, but could not find us. Great reunion.

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    We had been communicating with them on line since 2010. They left NZ and started in Alaska. We passed each other on a rainy cold day near the end of the first week of the trip at the end of June 2012. They leaving and us going to Dawson City. Both of us decided not to turn and chase the others down as we would certainly see each other again soon. Flash forward to October 2013. They are in Colombia and need parts for the KTM. We have been home working since May and happen to have a KTM parts dealer nearby. We are shipping our bikes from Panama where we left them in April to Bogota. This is where we finally met. We also traveled together after the Moto GP in Rio Hondo Argentina in April 2014. We arrived chez Dellis and had a great evening talking about our trips, what reentry is like, and future plans. Much wine and great food was enjoyed.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We see from the forecast that it will actually be sunny in the next few days in the Milford sound area and so we will book it over there. Today we are headed back over the Crowne Range road (5 degrees at the summit) and back thru Queenstown and down the 6 past Garston 171 km to the village of Mossburn. It was 8-10 degrees and windy most of the day and we had to stop on the lake to add layers before we could eat our picnic lunch.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to the literally one horse town with a unmanned self pay gas pump, 2 coffee shops, a take away, and a hotel. We booked in here even thought it is 170 km from Milford, because it is only 10 dollars more a night than camping is in Te Anau the closest town to the sound and 53 km from here.

    This way we can unload the gear and not worry about it as well. The Railway hotel is old school with single beds and shared bathrooms, but it is clean warm and comfy. We had dinner in the hotel bar and ran into a couple from Oregon that we had talked to on the Skippers road last week. They like almost everyone , but us is headed to the Burt Monroe Rally in Invercargill this weekend. They had also just today gone up the Mavora Lakes road that we plan to do the day after tomorrow and they said it was great!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This morning we are up and out at 8 as we have a long way to go and lots of stops to make in the National Park before our 1310 Milford boat cruise. It rains 8 meters a year in Milford and over 200 days a year. That is why we came here now and will have to back track since the forecast is for sun the next 3 days.


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    It was 4 yes 4 degrees when we started and rode the 53 km to the Anau.


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    Here we got gas and supplies for lunch. It did warm up to 8, but it was not in double digits until well after 10. It is an almost cloudless sky. The first part of the ride is over rolling hill and farmland.

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