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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aaron.S, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    One step closer!
    After leaving Wellington on a wet, windy morning Mother nature started to smile down on me letting the sun break through as I crossed over to the South Island the final stretch of dirt to the finish line.
    I took the Maungatapu track into Nelson after arriving in Picton after a suggestion from Joe a local motorcyclist I met on the ferry.
    I feel like I'm dragging my feet a little but it's awesome to catch up with family along the way down yet with Mother nature being a little on the moody side of late and treating me to one of my coldest rainy days I've had in quite a while yesterday in Hamner I'm pretty aware I don't have all the time in the world.
    The forecast is looking good for the next few days so I'll take advantage of it while I can and get a little bit of fishing in before I head on into Christchurch.
    I went to the museum in Wellington and they had one of the Britton motorcycles there.
    If you haven't heard about them or the story behind it give it a Google. 1010915-01.jpeg 20200304_130143.jpg 20200229_095307.jpg 20200229_145732.jpg 20200229_144011.jpg 20200228_120947.jpg
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  2. Kiwi Canuck

    Kiwi Canuck Been here awhile

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    Aaron, was the Gallipoli exhibit still at Te Papa., I saw it last year and was seriously moved by it.
    Tell us more about the track you took, was that right from Picton all the way to Nelson.
    Cheers,
    David
  3. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    It was still there and a little crowded with people but very well done. Brought memories of the one in Turkey.
    I took Muangatapu Track. Take a left at Pelorus Bridge. Follow your nose. So quite a way from Picton.
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  4. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    After a few days of picking up rocks, fishing and helping doing a gold clean out on my cousins farm I headed to Christchurch my birthplace.
    It looks like rain tomorrow so I'll take off south on Wednesday.
    I decided to put another rear on as the RallZ was getting a bit worn.
    It only had about 4500k on it but I definitely weren't trying to save it on the gravel roads.
    This time I went for the Desert HT thinking I'll need a bit more of an aggressive tread down here. 20200309_141529.jpg 20200309_185033.jpg 20200308_125057.jpg 20200306_093002.jpg 20200306_164458.jpg 20200306_192450.jpg 20200308_091114.jpg
    I booked a ticket back to the States today leaving in a couple weeks so I can't drag my feet much longer.
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  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    You headed back long term?
  6. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Probably for about a month. Get some days in on the mountain and work for a mate then bring my snowboards back to NZ.
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  7. georet

    georet Adventurer

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    Thanks for the updatel I like the pictures, a lot....from the looks of the Wilfley shaker table the returns from your cousin's mining might be better than that of the rocky agricultural land. Picking rocks from that field could be a back breaking and life long endeavor!
  8. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Ha yes you can't get to picky with the rocks and just pick out the bigger ones. They had mined that area and now are getting it ready to seed it.
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Ah yes, gotta get the boards home.

    Haven’t looked at my split board in a couple of years but I did get out for a little backyard skiing last week on this ridge. This pic was taken from my upstairs window. I was surfing same day from 300 meters in the opposite direction.:D
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  10. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Nice new shoes!!!
    Damn, what a ride...
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  11. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    In a 7 mil suit with hood? Burrrrrr.
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  12. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Waddya mean? It’s nice out there:lol3
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  13. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

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    you know what Aaron, I would be happy to put your worn out tires on my bikes!
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  14. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    With a multitude of huts down in the South Island I thought I would find one of the nicer ones to stay in.
    I could go out on a limb and say it's probably the nicest one you'll find and to have it to myself was a little treat.
    Perhaps it was partly to do with some recent flooding as the track has been washed away in a few places and it was a matter of heading in a general direction up the river bed and picking where you could cross the river when you needed to which was a few times.
    Unfortunately the next morning I found out my bike doesn't float yet it didn't sink either as we both made our way downstream with perhaps the old jetski instincts kicking in and not letting go.
    45 mins later with all the things I had done wrong swirling in my head like not telling anyone where I were, no spot tracker etc I finally got the old girl going and quite some time later found myself back into civilization to do a couple oil changes and change my route to find some decent oil in Timaru for a third.
    Bluff didn't get much closer today. IMG_20200312_190857_033.jpg 1010971-02.jpeg 20200311_164835-01.jpeg 1010958.jpg 1010966.jpg 20200311_161503.jpg 1010973.jpg
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  15. NoelJ

    NoelJ Long timer

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    What a beautiful place. As a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman that loves motorcycles, the South Island is perhaps the only place I'd consider leaving the US for.
    Thanks for the look in to a unique part of the world most of us will never see, Aaron!
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  16. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

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    Awesome!
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  17. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    I wouldn't of made it to that hit with that old one.
    I'm sure I could of got 2000k on the tarmac out of it but it was all over the show on gravel and no good through mud.
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  18. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    I went on a mission and found a free place to camp by Ohau and think it rates in the top 5 campsites to date and I've had a few
    I had ridden up to another hut but the view wasn't as good so I backtracked till I found this spot.
    I caught a few little trout but nothing worth keeping.
    The next day I rode over New Zealand's highest public road the Nevis.
    It's a 4x4 road.
    Amazing scenery and perfect weather today and it took me twice as long as it could of just because I stopped to take photos so often.
    The bike clicked over 1800hrs today.
    Good ole girl.
    I have noticed a little crack by the bolt where the arm from the subframe mounts.
    I nearly lost my rear brake pedal but felt it loose and stopped in time. 20200314_080349.jpg 1020020.jpg 20200313_163316.jpg 20200314_140809.jpg 20200314_154705.jpg 20200314_152606.jpg 20200314_161359.jpg 1020069.jpg
    Another great couple days and I'm feeling really lucky with the weather.
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  19. Blumtnman

    Blumtnman Rider

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    Damn, yet again some stunning pics. What an adventure you're having.
  20. Dusty Rider

    Dusty Rider Seeking Neverland

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    Sounds like an "E" ticket ride :)
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