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Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut

With some tracks lined up for GPS logging and adding to RemoteMoto, three riding buddies and I shot over to the West Coast. A weather front was scheduled to push in later in the weekend but we couldn't have asked for better riding weather on the Saturday. 

Photo 1 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 2 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Before we jumped into the technical tracks, we kicked the day off and warmed up on a nice easy track.
Photo 3 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 4 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 5 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 6 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 7 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
After a great warmup ride we sank our teeth into the good stuff
Photo 8 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 9 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Not all of it went to plan :)
Photo 10 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Lots of deep sections to keep you on your toes
Photo 11 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 12 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Steepy steepy. So steep the bike looped over and my screen took the brunt of the hit
Photo 13 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 14 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
More river crossings
Photo 15 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 16 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Day two saw the front come in and bring rain first thing in the morning. We decided to chase the sun and head east
Photo 17 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
Photo 18 of Deep Ruts and a Miners Hut
We stayed on the right side of the front, had some good weather, a great ride around some steep tracks before stopping for some lunch at Hanmer.

Normally most of the track research I do is with topo maps and the phone to verify with landowners, local Councils, DOC etc. On this trip however I plucked one track from a 4X4 book I purchased a couple of years back. We organised the second half of Sunday to go and ride this track but, instead we hit a locked gate. I was kicking myself for relying on the book and not thoroughly researching it. But, on the other hand, it highlights the benefit of RemoteMoto being a web format and being kept up-to-date.

All in all it was a great trip, new routes and Mototokens will be going up this week.