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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Shaggie, Mar 27, 2014.
Last Saturday here -43.769779, 172.790849
and today I have ice forming on my windowsill
Sounds like South Carolina so far this year!
As I flew to Queenstown the other day to join a flight to Brisbane, I saw this little settlement (Selwyn Huts) on a spear of landing poking into Lake Ellesmere near Christchurch....
12 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
13 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
So today (day 2 of 7 rostered days off! ) and the last dry day for a few, I thought I'd jump on the old girl and go for a leisurely jaunt.
All over the show like a crazy person....
11 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
I had to take a pic of this.....very sage stuff....
1 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
"Return to sender..."
2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
3 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Selwyn Huts are a small group of holiday houses built mostly for weekend anglers on the banks of the Selwyn River....
Then to Southbridge for a fill of Shaggie and BoomShanka's respective tanks....
7a by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Where I made a very good friend....
5 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
6 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
7 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Having lost our latest furkid just recently, it was good to have some cuddle time.
To be honest, was not expecting a great deal of the coffee, but it was pretty darn good
4 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Had a yarn with a local farmer ("lived here all my life, I'll be 68 soon") about the state of things....
Then a amble home, past this DIY/Home Handyman special
8 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Filled in about 5 hours - only rode 117ks!
Good times Down Under.
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VE1 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
VE2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
I notice my Photobucket pics are back up?
Not motorcycle related but anything exotic with wheels and an engine's good right?
There's a new exotic car dealership in town and my son Jackson (17) and I have visited several times since it's opening to drool on the loveliness contained therein....
https://duttongarage.com/ - theres' a larger dealership located in Melbourne and I think the original company is from the UK (at one stage they may have been the UK Ferrari concessionaires, if my memory serves)
Then we hear something extra special has arrived so J suggested we go for a squizz.....
F40a by Shane Doig, on Flickr
F40b by Shane Doig, on Flickr
F40c by Shane Doig, on Flickr
F40d by Shane Doig, on Flickr
F40e by Shane Doig, on Flickr
F40f by Shane Doig, on Flickr
There was newly arrived Japanese automotive royalty too!
NSXa by Shane Doig, on Flickr
The Christchurch dealership owner came over and had a chat...nice guy and happy for us just to wander, knowing full well I wasn't in the market for either
Well, it's the depths of winter here....
And Christchurch has had the lowest sunshine hours for June for an awfully long time...
And then lo and behold, a sunny (but still cold) day appeared and it coincided nicely with a day off so...
GoogleMaps AP1 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
GoogleMaps AP2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
It was sunny but only forecast a high of 10c/50f so I was pleased to have my Widder vest with me.
Up the Old West Coast Road as it's quieter and less trafficked (and monitored...) than the main West Coast Road...
Called in here for supplies:
1AP SheffieldPieShop1 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
2AP SheffieldPieShop2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
A few cars and trucks and the ever present scary driving rental car...
A climb up Porter's Pass to take the following pics looking East and West respectively, minding the 'Ice/Grit" signs.
3APPortersPass1 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
4APPortersPass2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
and then down to Lake Lyndon, being slow and cautious through the spots that NEVER see the sign at this time of the year...
5APLakeLyndon by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Around the right of the above pic, the lake still is frozen over even though its in sunlight for a few hours of the day.
Carried on, looking for more photo opportunity's but the power lines would occasionally spoil the view....I saw the turn off to Porter Heights Ski Field and the gate was open so rode down about a kilometre to get these shots..
6AP PorterHeights1 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
7AP PorterHeights2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
The sections of road in the sun had recently been swept by road crews and so fun could still be had - but not toooo much as ice grit is not a welcome surprise!
Did a U turn to take the following:
20AP by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Then on past Lake Pearson, where I climbed a very slippery ice-y snow-y slope to get some height to take this (muttered under my breath the whole time "don't slip and break your leg..." )
8AP LakePearsonPurpleHill by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Was looking out for the turn off to Mt White / Hawdon Valley as I seemed to remember there might be photos to be had from the bridge.
Not bad I guess...
9AP MtWhiteBridgeView by Shane Doig, on Flickr
11AP MtWhiteBridgeVTRAngle by Shane Doig, on Flickr
12AP MtWhiteBridgeVTRStraight by Shane Doig, on Flickr
13AP MtWhiteBridgeWaimakiriri by Shane Doig, on Flickr
The water was so beautifully clear but I bet it was as cold AF
10AP MtWhiteBridgeRandom by Shane Doig, on Flickr
14AP MtWhiteBridgePano by Shane Doig, on Flickr
(some of my panorama 'stitching' failed me on this one...don't look too close)
After crossing the Waimakiriri River and heading due West up along the Bealey River, I stopped to take this, looking up the Waimak Valley...
15AP ValleyView by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Here's a bit of local flavour...
Through Arthur's Pass Village to take a pic of the Otira Viaduct before grabbing a coffee to warm up...
16AP OtiraViaduct by Shane Doig, on Flickr
Yes it was a little 'fresh'...
17AP OtiraViaduct2 by Shane Doig, on Flickr
The Viaduct itself is actually pretty cool and a nice piece of engineering...
Opened in 1999 the Viaduct was built because Major Rockfall hazard above and below the existing road (the zig zag) threatens to destroy it, or at least undermine it to a point where it is not repairable.
Total Length 440 metres
Maximum Span134 metres
No. of Spans 4
Road Width 8 metres
Pier Height 35 metres
Pier Foundations 25 metres deep
Pier Dimension 4m x 3.5m
Stressing Strands 3150 metres
Concrete Volume 5,000 cu.metres
Construction Method - Balanced Cantilever
Superstructure Form - Post Tensioned Concrete Box Girder
EARTHWORKS Total Volume 80,000 cu. metres
CONTRACTOR McConnell Smith Ltd
TOTAL COST $25,000,000 (on budget)
WORK BEGAN February 1997
COMPLETION November 1999
Some energy and warmth recovered in the Arthur's Pass Café and Store with this served by the very friendly young lady behind the counter...
18AP AP Cafe by Shane Doig, on Flickr
The sun disappeared behind the mountains while I was eating - the whole area suddenly felt very different....and the temperature dropped even lower...
Time to go!
On way home just past Bealey I took this last pic of the day
19AP EastOfBealey by Shane Doig, on Flickr
21AP by Shane Doig, on Flickr
22AP by Shane Doig, on Flickr
23AP by Shane Doig, on Flickr
A great day out and certainly what my head and soul needed..
Til next time....
I saw the map and I knew it would start with pies. Miss those.
You had much clearer weather than I did, but definitely much colder as well.
Are the kea out trying to disassemble your bike at Arthur's Pass this time of year? I had that problem.
Yes there were about 4 keas hanging about in the Otira Viaduct lookout car park but all () of my pics of them were bad.
The weather was spectacular for the time of year but I’d have been far less comfortable without the heated vest and grips!
Took a wee ride to my sister’s yesterday...
Pics to come but here’s a teaser.....
Gorgeous shot! That's some dedication you have Shaggie, taking the bike out on a narrow pier. Looks like you had to walk it backwards to get back to shore?
Pretty sure my motorcycle would have gone for a swim.....
I confess to backing it all the way back!
Again, you got this one in nicer weather than I did. I was going the other direction and getting blown off the road. Until I hit some rain on the pass which was nice because the wind stopped.
The weather was pretty miserable this am but it was the only time that one of my Captains (and most regular riding buddy) and I could synchronise so it was off over the Port Hills in the drizzle and slippery roads to the port town of Lyttelton.
We had coffee and blueberry muffins in the warmth of the Lyttelton Coffee Company beside the log burner.
(Bike pics are mine, interior one is stolen from Google) (and cafe is opposite the bikes... )
VTR says “no thanks buddy” L
So off we walk to find the sad broken Lady…
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ha i like the way you actually contemplated that water crossing. Fantastic photographs mate... really well taken!! Love this - i absolutely must get out there someday.
no doubt! - wow your photos are amazing mate. Those sausage rolls you keep peppering in there too.. ha man brings back some cravings for sure. Awesome Awesome pictures... i gotta get better at Photography!!