So guys I was out on a ride yesterday and a friend managed to break off the back end of his bike after damaging it on a track.
Which resulted in me having to carry his tent and the broken back end of the bike for the rest of the day, so now I’m looking for suggestions as to how many MILLIONS of dollars I should charge him for the privelidge.
After a week or so waiting around for the parts I gave up waiting and decided to head out on the bike, only for a small ride just up to Wanaka and back again via the Crown Ranges just outside of Queenstown.
Deciding to stay on road in case the sprocket came off and I had problems, but I was confident in my trail fix (see previous post.
The crown ranges is a fun and picturesque ride passing through Cardona and the pub (pictured) also further to Wanaka side they have a charity fundraiser at the side of the road, which is a fence full of ladies Bras. Quite a novel idea and have seen people placing money into the collection pot.
I had seen further up the South Island a few weeks before a fence with an array of motorcycle helmets along it unfortunately I didn't get a picture 🙁
Last picture is from my 'lunch stop' at Lake wanaka before heading back to town via the same road!
Having dropped Rikki at the airport and said our goodbyes I decided I wanted to spend the rest of the day hitting up a local track to a old mining town. Called Skippers road a simple and easy track but with spectacular views.
I spent all day here and span around to head back to town as it was getting late. Unfortunately over balanced my bike while at a standstill, silly mistake! But I picked it up and had no drive!
Confused for a while I thought I would have to do a trail clutch fix, but decided to check my sprockets to find out the front sprocket nut had dissapeared and sprocket had fallen off. So I had to make a trail fix on it with a paper clip and a zip tie 😁👌
Last day of riding with Rikki, it was a ride from Te Anau to Queenstown but an interestin one with beautiful views... we mostly have our helmets on but I promise there are smiles under the helmets!
The photos you see are when we were skirting round the Lake Wakatipu on the last couple of hours till we reached town where we would drop Rikki’s bike off to be reunited with its owner the next day.
An extra beautiful part was ‘the devils staircase’ part which had a stop for an amazing lookout and also gave us a chance to stop and let the cars get way ahead so we could have a bit of fun on the free road for a while. Luckily had loads of road to play on 😁😁🏍🏍
After a night in Te Anau in the caravan we decided to book another night so we could leave our extra gear off the bikes in there and have a good ride down to Milford Sound!
Unfortunately after leaving the caravan it rained allllll day, so no cameras were out taking pictures and stops were uneventful although the road down was a beautiful ride.
Due to the poor weather we decided to not take a cruise but head back to Te Anau, but I’ll attach some pictures of when I went with a friend and my brother a week or so before...
Once we returned we realised that some of our friends from Germany were in town, and had them over for a cup of tea in the van. Then deciding to head to one of the restaurants in town. When Denise decided she didn’t want to go in the van they had rented but on the back of my bike! I was more than happy to take the smiley German into town!
From Invercargill we had made our way through the ‘scenic route’ up towards ‘te anau’, so we could have a ride down to Milford Sound the next day. Was a nice and cruisy day and even had the opportunity to explore some caves that were just a small ride away from the road we were following, it was great fun and good that it wasn’t full of tourists.
In fact we were the only people there.
Also nipped off the road again following a gravel track till we got to lake monowai for a nice lunch stop in the campsite there.
Once in Te Anau we opted to stay at a caravan park and hired a caravan to stay in for the night as we were too lazy to set up tents etc.
Was good fun and a first for me to stay in a caravan like this!😁