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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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    Here we turned west on Highway 85 to Kyebrurn and then south on the Highway 87. It is very windy today and was mostly 14 degrees. When we passed Middlemarch it was even colder and we had to put on more layers.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We managed to avoid the rain we had been following all day as it was blown south of us and we arrived to the Otago Peninsula about 4.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We set up camp and then did some riding about to several of the beaches to see the fur seals lounging on the sand.

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    Just before we left this guy was cooking up a huge steak on the Bbq and so our pasta Alfredo was not now as appetizing. I suggested we stop in the shop to see what they have. Dan said “well it’s not as if they are going to have a Porterhouse in there”. The small shop here in Portobello has an amazing about of nice things…. including an organic Porterhouse, which we did not buy as it was too big for us and it was 16$. We settled on a smaller steak, onion, and salad fixings. Our day has turned out pretty well.
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The night was very quiet and we were some of the first up and that was after 8. It is still mostly cloudy, but there are some blue sky patches. The plan today is to ride the old Dunstan road to Naseby.

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    We did ride up to the end of the road to Harrington Point where there are massive sea cliffs.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we backtracked on the coast road to Dunedin with a stop at Pack n save for supplies and then downtown to Vodaphone for more data. Parked here we drew quite a crowd. Now we are finally on our way at noon and we backtracked further and on the Hwy 87 to the Old Dunstan Road cut off at Clark's Junction.

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    Coming back over the hill was a much more pleasant 17 degrees today and though still windy it was much less so. We stopped at the Clark’s Junction “hotel” for a coffee and a chat with the locals.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The “Old” road is paved until the first settlement of farm houses after 3 km.

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    The sign here warns caution that this is a un-maintained road.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is in fact a very good gravel road with good tracks and very little loose gravel. The first part slowly rises and is wind swept and so we found a rock out crop with a wind shadow to hide behind to enjoy our picnic lunch.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There is only one short steep and narrow switch back section. It is mostly over open range and the fords are mostly “bridged”. We saw only 2 other station trucks all afternoon.

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    The road descends from the mesa over a few switch backs to join the Styx-Paerau road. It returns to pavement 19 km before you hit the Hwy 85 again at Ranfurly and then turn onto the Naseby road.

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    Naseby is an historic village that has a nice small campground that was full of kiwi’s for the weekend, but no other tourists.

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    We walked into the village to the Ancient Briton for a pint and some pretty good ribs. We also managed to catch a bit of Olympic coverage. The weather is so hard to predict here it has now changed to say showers in the am and then “will turn fine”.

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    We woke to a sprinkle and packed up ASAP in a lull. We set out at 930 with a very cloudy sky and a number of very black clouds. The plan today is to ride both the Dansey's and Hakataramea pass roads and end up in Twizle after 317 km.

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    We rode out of town and onto the Dansey’s pass road. This is a good gravel road and we managed to beat the black death. We did have a few showers just after we left town and we did have the rain gear on briefly.

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    This road is very narrow in spots and we luckily only met one vehicle and it was when we had pulled onto the verge already to take some photos. There are a number of sections where I would not want to meet a car.

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    And… suddenly near Duntroon you meet tar seal for the next 23 km on the Hwy 83 to the Hakataramea Valley Road.

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    Here at Duntroon we turned west and stopped for a coffee at the kiosk at the junction. We then rode the 23 Km father to Kurow where they had fuel, a 4 Square, and the sun was shining. From here we are headed off road again on the Hakataramea Valley road. It should be 90 km to Twizle. The big black rain clouds are now descending on us and it has started to rain a bit. The first 35 km of the road is paved to cattle Creek and we tried to really book it to stay ahead of the storm.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are eventually going to steer out of the rains path, but not until about half way. The gravel on this road is the slightly deeper sharp and annoying to ride on kind at least until after the pass where there is more traffic and a good track to ride in. There are a number of fords before the summit and dozens of cattle stops.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is again a pretty windy day. We got to a fork in the road and the GPS said go left 44 km to Twizle, but the road sign says No Exit! So we went right and this is 12 km to the main road Hwy 8 and is paved. This then put us 70 km from Twizle on the Highway 8 and the wind was very strong and gusting.

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    We stopped in Lake Tekapo to call the campground in Twizle to see if they had a cabin for tonight as we could use a night with power. They did and it was only 15 dollars more than camping for 2.

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    We stopped at Lake Pukaki for a rare we are told cloudless view of New Zealand’s highest peak Mt. Cook and then rode the last 25 km to the campground.

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    The wind was Patagonia strong! The cabin is tiny, but comfortable and warm and there are plenty of outlets to charge everything we have at once. We cooked up a nice pasta alfredo and tucked in to get a few episodes of Fargo viewed. It is actually freezing outside and we are glad to have our minus 15 sleeping bags and we even turned the heater on in the morning once we had to get out of said warm cocoons.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We woke to another sunny day and the plan is to ride up to Mount Cook village and then on to Geraldine.


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    There are great views of the mountain range almost all the way, but we were fighting very strong winds.



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    We had lunch in the village and by 1230 it was getting very clouded over.

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    On the way back down the 80 to the Highway 8 we had the wind at our backs, but on the way to lake Tekapo it was blowing us all over the road. It was lucky for Dan the last 5 km where downhill and with the wind as he had “zero km to empty”.

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    We planned to head another 89 km to Geraldine and camp for the night. This is the last good weather for the rest of the week as another cyclone is scheduled to hit the north of the island in the next 2 days. The Top 10 in Geraldine is quite nice and in the center of the town. The tent sites are huge and have nice thick grass. We got some groceries and set up camp.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We do not have far to go today to Christchurch, but the weather is supposed to turn to another Cyclone this afternoon.


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    Despite this forecast that it would be nice until 3 pm it started to rain as we were packing up this morning. We only went about 15 minutes and we were ahead of the storm and the sun was shining. We then opted for the “Inland Scenic Route”.


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    About half way today Dan’s 800 passed 250,000 km!!! This route happily also took us back a few km from Sheffield where they have the best pie shop on the south island!

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    In Christchurch we were happy to find an relatively inexpensive airbnb in a house just 4 km from the motorcycle repair shop. A dodgy hotel here is easily 2-3 times the price.

    We dropped the bikes at the shop and then walked the 4 km back stopping for supplies on the way to last out the storm. We will have a few things sorted. Some screws that have gone missing, the oil changed, the oil filter off the 650 (been on since Tblisi), the brake oil on the 650 filled as it was not done by the guys in Malaysia (at least 8 items down incorrectly or not at all so far), valves checked, and the timing chains replaced on both bikes.

    Phil Parrish is a mechanic well know here on the South Island and he has done the split link repair on an 800 before. On Dan’s 800 the chain was slipping when we had the valves supposedly checked and shimmed in Malaysia and the power is definitely lacking recently. We are afraid to have a major melt down when we are island hopping in Indonesia. In the end Dan’s chain had stretched a full link and was removed without needing to cut it. Sara’s was not skipping and was stretched maybe 1/2 a link. The valves were of course not done properly in Malaysia either! Though they are not off by that much and will last until we hit the USA in June.

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    We timed the service well to coincide with the predicted cyclone and though there was not much wind it did pour for the 2 days we were hold up here. Great time to get some work done and I finally got back at the blog posting. Dan also found a vinyl wrap shop to properly cover the Frankenscreen.

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