Challenging Waters

The opening of the 2018 of flyfishing season was just a few weeks away so a plan was put in place to head down south, catch up with my cousin on his DRZ400 and head off for a few days of riding and flyfishing.

Just prior to leaving, the weather looked like it was going to be pretty scrappy over the upcoming week. While the trip could have been rescheduled, there looked to be a few days of sunshine between the fronts so I decided to give it a nudge and make the most of all the good weather pockets I could. 

As I set off on day #1 the weather was absolutely brilliant.
Reference Link : Seaward Road Ford
Crossing the Tekapo River was certainly challenging. While the hydro lakes are low and haven't been spilled in a long time, there was plenty of snow melt making its way into the river and raising levels.
The Ohau River crossing was also well up and a bit of a challenge.
Stopping to set a Mototoken at Kellands Pond, a very cool little spot.
Reference Link : Kellands Pond
It was a very casual day on the bike. There were lots of stops along the way to peer into streams and rivers looking for trout. A few stops were also made to set some new Mototokens. Nearing the end of the day I made my way to a campsite up a pretty impressive valley.
This was the first time I'd used the recently purchased BlackWolf UL 2 Adventure Tent. You can read the review by clicking the link below.
BlackWolf Tent Review
In some of my recent trips I've been using the Hilleberg Enan 1 man tent. This is a really great tent, it’s super light and super quick to pitch, but it has a very small footprint. It is great for weekend trips but is a tad cramped for multi-day camping trips like this. The BlackWolf UL 2 has oodles of room inside which made this trip a bit more comfy.
The views up the valley from camp weren't too shabby, nor was the fresh mountain drinking water.
Author of this article: RMOTO