Worms satiated, it was on the bikes and East to Spring Creek earlier than our first little style of gravel on the Western aspect of the Maruia River in order that we may go to an previous good friend from a earlier TT.
Popping again out onto the seal for a wee whereas, we rode North in direction of Murchison earlier than turning off to the East to absorb the Maruia Saddle. This can be a neat, if a bit gradual (apart from the good gravel into Murch after crossing the saddle) experience by means of some good bush with only a few small fords to cross.
On this present day it was additionally loads busier than final time with a gaggle of 4WD’s and a few cyclists coming the opposite manner.
As soon as off the saddle the highway opens out much more and a really good tempo will be set. It was pretty dusty although and I needed to let Colin get fairly a good manner forward of to maintain out of his mud.
In Murchison it was time for an additional wee cease to take a look at a restaurant and its inhabitants.
Leaving Murch, we have been quickly off the principle highway once more and seeking gravel. The Braeburn Monitor supplied this and after a fairly fast journey throughout it we have been quickly lakefront at Lake Rotoroa and sandfly heaven.
And it was time to interrupt out the brand new toy.
It received a bit arduous to focus on flying the factor in direction of the tip as I used to be getting eaten alive…
Leaving the lake, we made our manner again to the principle highway after which all the way down to St Arnaud for gas and an disagreeable discovery.
Someplace after Reefton (presumably on the Braeburn) the steering stem nut on the S10 had disappeared! To say that it gave me a scare is an understatement – I believed the experience was throughout. Fortunately I had a Colin with me and even luckier the servo had some Knead It on the shelf. Colin sorted out the restore and we determined to experience up the highway somewhat to see if it might maintain – plans of crossing The Rainbow occurring maintain for a bit.
We rode as much as the Rainbow turn-off and all appeared effectively, so we began on the primary a part of the Rainbow to the Doc gate the place you hand over ya entry cash, crossing just a few streams alongside the way in which and decided that the restore was dealing with it so handed over our money and carried on.
Feeling somewhat higher concerning the restore (however nonetheless making an attempt to keep away from the worst of the bumps) we carried on and received caught into having fun with an excellent experience.
We even stopped to check out the follow-me function of the drone…and failed miserably…
Additional up the highway we turned off the Rainbow to go and take a look at Lake Tennyson.
Again onto the Rainbow, we have been onto some sooner gravel and loved a pleasant run by means of to Hanmer the place it was time for a fairly late lunch and to seek for some accomodation someplace down the highway.
We finally booked some in Rangiora and had a fairly sedate cruise down there adopted by a pleasant chat with a few (bike riders not on their bike) attorneys staying on the similar motel. A terrific day on the bikes taking in some nice gravel and excellent surroundings!