Now, most of the bikes at this rally are modern so I have very few bike pics. However I do have a few random snaps that show what you can expect from this wonderful land.
First was the ride down to Oamaru. Lovely Victorian town built from local stone always reminds me of Bath. They have an event based around the Steam Punk umm thing. It's great fun.
Steam Punk HQ
So we enjoyed a few libations in the local bar before crashing in a bunk room at the camp ground.
Bit of a nip over night
Then packed up the old girl to carry on south
We like to take an un sealed rout through Danseys Pass. Due to a bridge being washed out we had to make our way on Tarmac. Bit of a detour involved but lots of nice roads and shaved a little more rubber from the foot pegs.
This little lake at the site is used for Curling, you can see the ice forming.
A wee bonfire is set up to keep everyone warm while the band plays into the night.
I am told the temp dropped to -3 over night. Did feel it in my sleeping, think I need better insulation next year. Woke up to a nice looking sky and a good frost.
Headed back through the Lindis pass. This is the view from the top.
Then parked up over night in Twizel, a few pints of Guinness and a steak meal. Bit more frost in the morning about -5 over night.
Then headed home via the lakes stopping at Mount John observatory, Tekapo for a coffee and bite to eat.
The road up and some random snaps from the top. I find this place more breathtaking every time.
Have you rebuilt the saddle? I ask because it looks like the one on my bike, on which, after a fraction of the miles you rode, I began to feel like I was sitting on a brick. I cannot imagine 700 miles on that saddle.
Hate is a poison which one consumes hoping for another to die.
Stubbi, the seat is a complete reproduction I picked up from TMS. It's comfy enough that I rode the bike to work this morning. The wife has done 300 miles on the back and reckoned it was as comfy as the late model Sprint we used to have.
The bike had no serious problems, rear chain was on it's last legs and is now worn out, the exhaust rocker box is misted with a little oil and I had to lube the twist grip. That said it really did not like starting in the mornings, I think the fresh 20-60 is just a little to viscous! We kept to a steady speed of around 65-70 mph with the odd burst to overtake from time to time.
The Easy Hearts are a local Christchurch band and played an awesome set that wound up around 1am. There currently getting some radio play with their own stuff but did lots of covers to please the reprobates in the crowd!