The reprobates meet for another Brass Monkey
Tying down the bikes in the Ferry
Glassy smooth crossing. A good sign – we could have forgone tying those bikes as well..
South of Blenheim – it was cold.
We live in a beautiful place
Kaikoura inland road
Hamner Springs – we stopped for the hot pools
En Route to Geraldine
Challenging mist nearing Fairlie.
Evidence that I was actually up at dawn. As were we all. We stayed in a house on a farm and the dawn say white mountains along with the usual rural scenes.
From an old small bulldozer?
Almost ready to set out to the Haka and Dansies
A chance encounter on the Hakataramea Pass
Top of the Hakataramea Pass
What it is all about
Lake Benmore – an excursion from the Hakataramea Pass
End of the Road at Lake Benmore
Emerging from Benmore
Off to the rest of the Hakataramea Pass
Traffic was a nightmare.
That’s Mod and Henry in the distance – on the closed road
Watch out ahead
Gravel, corners, mountains. What more is there?
Looking back over a bridge
The entire day was offroad, and with views like this
Top of the Danseys pass. No white stuff on the road though.
Top of the Danseys posing
The Danseys pub
Another Dansey’s bike. Plenty of road bikes went over the Danseys, but the Haka pass has some water hazards that keep most bikes out.
Official Class of 2009 photo
Monkey Saturday – and Nash poses in perfect weather. Again.
However he was soon riding into a sea of fog
Tour of the monkey area started at the Vulcan Hotel.
We were surrounded by fog
and suffered though some Monkey hardships
Random stretched bicycle later that day
The lake at the rally site
A wooden bike at the monkey
The wooden bike seemed to have less than total efficiency
Sunset at the rally
Ready for the fire. It was freezing cold – and could have been lit earlier.
Finally – flames and heat
An agglomeration of bikers after an epic run over the Hasst. It was the right route as everywhere else saw ice and snow.
Indeed it was a perfect day on the West Coast – while it snowed in Christchurch. And Wellington. and everywhere else.
The dam could break – with 1 to 2% probability per year. Encouraging.
Another one way bridge
Flat rocks at Punakaiki – the end of another wonderful day.
It’s off to the ferry – and yes that’s dawn over there.
An icy run through the Buller gorge. Actually the roads were perfect, though the air temperature hit minus 4.5 degrees Celsius.
Mod tries to evade the camera in perfect conditions – as we near Blenheim.
On the Ferry home – a rough but fun crossing
What a welcome home to Wellington.