Feral Mike and The Beast of Burden are Back
Gentle Readers, by the time you read this the solo bike ride will be about to resume. I fly from Auckland to Wellington tomorrow (Friday, 29 January 2010) to unshackle the Beast and free him from the dungeon where he has lain for the past few weeks. Together we take a ferry to Picton and the adventure resumes.
In the meantime, here's a little of what'... Read Full Entry
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THE BIG PLAN
I made a solo cycle ride from one end of New Zealand to the other over the southern summer - 2009/10. I kept off the busy highways as much as possible, and even managed a few 4WD tracks in some of the more remote corners of the country. I finished on 9 April 2010 and returned home ... full info
Just below Fohn SaddleStephen using an ice axe to cut steps across a patch of snow. Although two of us walked straight across, it was a wise thing to do - the slope was steep and a fall could have been disastrous.
Toasting MarshmallowsEach member of the party was required to bring a 'secret surprise'. Vicki's was marshmallows which we toasted over the embers of a fire at a campsite in the upper Beans Burn.
Mountain ManRoss negotiating his way down the upper Beans Burn. A litttle later on we were to discover that DoC had been into the area and put orange track markers on trees for much of the way along the river - it made the journey out quicker and easier. However, it would be nice to think the route marking goes no further - one of the joys of The Five Passes is having to navigate your way without too many tracks, tags and cairns.
Campsite at First Flat, Beans BurnFrom here we had only a 90minute walk out the next day to the confluence with the Dart River. And Stephen did a great job using the mountain radio to ensure we were picked up by a jet boat to take us back to civilization.
The FraserWe enjoyed a week's car camping in Northland. This is at Rarawa Beach, north of Hohoura.
Same Car - Different BeachThis is at Shipwreck Bay, near Ahipara. The car is a Fraser - first registered in 1991. It's powered by a 1600cc Toyota 4AGE engine and because of its light weight, it has startling acceleration. But the ground clearance means it has trouble getting over speed bumps and gravel roads can be a problem. It is fantastic fun to drive.