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Change is the only Constant (Heraclitus) (page 2)

I had thoughts that I might be hexed and the proof was out the back of Lake Hochstetter.

I had to ride through gorse on the Lake Hill loop track, however I did notice a larger vehicle had pushed through the same way before me sweeping the gorse around and making it easier Phew!

I had collected the Lake Hochstetter Mototoken and was over 2/3,s along the track when I came across this sign....

Danger? What Danger?

Hmm. I took off my helmet, had a sip on my water bladder and a muesli bar. The sound of not too distant gunfire pretty much answered any questions I had about continuing on.

Now the unfortunate thing was, all that gorse that had been swept away from me on the way in was, you guessed it, formed like an arrowhead against me on the way out. It took a few months to get all the gorse pricks out of my skin and likewise my jacket and pants which have never been as waterproof again.

The final nail on that trip was the Algidus Rd Mototoken, where man and beast blocked access to the actual Mototoken site.

Rural Roadblock

At least they were friendly enough, the humans that is.

Despite the setbacks I made the best of it and had a great memorable trip.

Fast forward to 2020 and I had planned a North Canterbury and Banks Peninsula trip for April, but a wee pandemic put paid to that plan.

The new plan was to get a few more Mototoken’s up the West Coast and North Canterbury after the Bruce Bay event this year.

Things were going pretty well, the traffic was minimal, weather wasn’t hideous, the tides were kind and getting onto beaches and along them was ok. That was until trying to get to the Alexander Mine Relics where the river just didn’t play ball for me.

Alexander river crossing 31-9-20
pretty deep n steep

It was deep with a steep exit. I was alone, the bike was loaded and I felt a long way from help (cue very small violin).  After looking for alternatives,I gave it a miss. After that I didn't even consider the grade 5 track to the Grey river flats Challenge Mototoken

It’s a long way back to the SH7 at Hukarere, but thank goodness a very pleasant ride.

After gassing up in Reefton with food and fuel, I setout on SH 7 to collect Mototoken’s on my way to North Canterbury.

I’m not sure how all of you identify Mototoken points and looking at some of the photo’s on the site I’m pretty sure some are just a best guess.

To be honest, that’s how I first started collecting them too. Travelling until the vision I had before me matched the samples on Remotemoto.

That was until I just couldn’t positively identify some from further afield. I tried a car Navman so I at least had a map, but it was a bugger to read and the 12v power socket keep vibrating out of the socket and it used to flatten pretty quick.

Enter a Garmin GPS 64 with Ramount and my limited electronic knowledge to programme in the Mototokens as waypoints.

Using the Goto feature I would ride from waypoint to waypoint. This was acceptable until I was lead a merry chase one afternoon in South Canturbury around the whole Cave area trying to find Clelands bridge!

That was the end of using Goto. Now I plot the route to and from each Mototoken and form a route to upload.

Getting to the point now. In the pre-trip rush of uploading routes and waypoints, somehow the Inangahua swingbridge and Inangahua waterfall mototoken’s were not uploaded. No problem I said. How hard can it be?

Fortunately the swingbridge had an AA sign pointing to it and the bridge matched the picture on Remotemoto. The waterfall was a different matter entirely. I tried to go off the description and picture on Remote moto,


A very small waterfall through a very small window of bush
Photo 4 of How Time/Weather Changes Mototokens (page 2)

Howevever, trying to pick this image out through West Coast forest on a section of highway was a bigger challenge than expected, so I missed it.

At least I rationalized it was on a main route and would be easy to get another trip. Maybe?

My realisation was that change indeed is constant and over time and with the influences both natural and human, access to the places we want to visit, can and will change.

So……. the best idea is to bloody well get out there now and enjoy it while we can!

Looking up the Hakataramea Valley, early on a crisp autumn morning on the way up Station Peak
Author of this article: WobblyRider