Summer ride planning - need some help

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  1. enduro0627

    enduro0627 Been here awhile

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    Hi, It is me again...
    I need some advice from people who did ride around the Marlborough Sounds or live there.
    Is this route too much for one day? The Km-s are already on the challenging side (461km) for me.
    Is it mostly of gravel or twisty tarmac? Is the road challenging or in good condition?
    Thanks.

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  2. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Long timer Super Supporter

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    That is a big ask for one day, but doable in summer. The road from Havelock to Kenpuru Head is twisty tarmac, but turns to gravel shortly after that. I have not been on the other road for a while.

    @KiwiPewe could help yo with these roads.
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  3. enduro0627

    enduro0627 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I think I will need to do one or the other.
    Would you pick French Pass or Anakoha?
    I think you can't make a bad choice there. Maybe I should just toss a coin to decide.
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  4. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Yep, one or the other unless you really feel like starting early & having a huge day. Average speeds on both those roads are pretty low, lotsa tight corners.

    Both good but French Pass takes it IMHO. Epic views. More gravel. Take care if it's windy.

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    If you're making good time take a little side trip down to French Pass proper.

    Cheers
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  5. KiwiPewe

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    OK, assuming you start and finish in Nelson, it will take you about an hour to get to Havelock, another 1 1/2 to 2 to get to Ttitirangi bay. It's tar sealed all the way to Keneperu head but the road is in a pretty poor state.
    From there about 2 hrs to get back to Rai Valley, your turn off to French Pass, about an hour or so to Port Ligar. It's sealed now all the way till about half way between Elaine Bay and Cissy bay.
    From there about two hours back to Nelson.
    That's about 7 hours of riding, not allowing for Photo-ops. meal breaks and fuel stops.
    Doable, but you'll walk like a hooker after fleet day for a while....
    Edit: You're quite right about the epic views, @clintnz :
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  6. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Repeating what others have said...

    Easy enough to do French Pass and Port Ligar in one day but adding in Titirangi would definitely make for a big day - and you are going to want to stop for pictures.

    Anyway, a two-day ride is better than a one day ride. Do it, you'll love it!

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  7. Night Falcon

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    I'm an ex Blenheimite, Blenmerian, Blumminer.....from Marlborough....Riding in places like that you need to take your time to soak it in...otherwise why go there. Make it a 2 dayer and take loads of pics for us :D
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  8. ztaj

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    As others said, it'd be a big day, very big !! My pick would be French pass/Bulwer for a day ride.
    If you love lots of corners Kenepuru won't disappoint, don't bother with Anahoka though, there's not much there, go to Titirangi bay, good camping there. Or head to Clova bay, another good campsite at the end of the road. There's a bit of a loop track between there and Crail bay/Nopera. It can be a bit hard to find and may or may not go through private land.
    When you coming down ? Bear in mind summer in the sounds is the busiest time, with some proper bundys on the roads.
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  9. enduro0627

    enduro0627 Been here awhile

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    Hehe. Thanks guys. Leaning towards French Pass now. This time looks like I will be there about 17, 18, 19 Jan, but still not confirmed.
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  10. KiwiPewe

    KiwiPewe Coddiwomple Supporter

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    After all that insperation I've decided to take one for the team and attempt that tomorrow:
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    Only 11 hours and 45 minutes, how hard could it be?

    Will report back tomorrow!
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    just don't go chucking the bike off the road because you're tired...
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  12. KiwiPewe

    KiwiPewe Coddiwomple Supporter

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    No worries, @eri .
    Halftime now, I'm in Havelock now, cheese scone and a cuppa.
    Evidential photo from Titirangi bay:
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    I shall post more details later!
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  13. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Long timer Super Supporter

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    It's been years since I was last there, 28 years in fact
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  14. KiwiPewe

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    Too long, we'll go next time you are in the mainland.

    Update:
    At the moment I am taking a break in Rai Valley, and then head home. I've been to both Port Ligar and French pass, pretty, but as others said before, it ain't no picnic.
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    KiwiPewe Coddiwomple Supporter

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    So, to update the update:
    Just after I posted that ^^^ a couple of bikes pulled up, I started chatting, all is good.
    Then he asked:'Where are you going tonight?'
    'Back to Blenheim, why's that?'
    'Well, you do know that they close the Pelorus bridge at 7 for repairs.
    Which is in like 10 minutes.'





    Fuck!
    Gear on and scramble!




    Made it with 4 minutes to spare, but if those jokers hadn't told me that, I'd be still waiting by the bridge.

    Am home now and slaving away over a hot stove.
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