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Karamea to Christchurch through tunnels

After a week in Karamea it was time to return back to base for a new tyre, oil change and prepare for a trip down south. The return trip was spiced up with a couple of days riding with three top blokes from the top of the South Island, James, Nigel and Clint.

Karamea had heavy rainfall all night and all morning but as I turned the key and left, not a drop fell all the way to the meeting point at Inagahua.

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Cloudy, misty, but no rain!
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After meeting up, then a bike and belly fuel-up at Reefton, we were off to Napoleon Hill� James and Nigel contemplating who's going first through a dubious looking hole
Reference Link : Napoleon Hill
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Nigel was on his big BMW, I thought this may limit some of the places we'd go on this trip but I was wrong; he pointed that beast at anything and rode it remarkably well. Here he is stomping up a fairly steep, boldery, slippery climb.
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First tunnel
Reference Link : Napoleon Hill
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Second tunnel
Reference Link : Napoleon Hill
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The slippery Waipuna Creek, crossing #1
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The slippery Waipuna Creek, crossing #5
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Although we got a bit of light drizzle it was an absolutely cracking ride, one of the most enjoyable runs I have had through there. Next on the hit list that James had lined up was Lake Ahaura Track. I hadn't ridden this in ages so I was quite looking forward to it. Photo of James powering up the steep slippery start from the west side
Reference Link : Lake Ahaura Track
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Reference Link : Lake Ahaura Track
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Navigating some of the washed out sections
Reference Link : Lake Ahaura Track
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A bit of road construction to progress up another washed out section
Reference Link : Lake Ahaura Track
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After a long day of riding (and enduring hundreds of branches to the face from a severely overgrown track) we made it to the Nelson Creek Hotel just in time before the kitchen shut to get a good feed
Reference Link : Nelson Creek Hotel
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After a relaxing night with a few beers and some pool, the next day saw Nigel rewire the entire electrical system on his BMW (mild exaggeration) before we set off to some other tracks
Reference Link : Nelson Creek Hotel
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A bit of tree limbo
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One really good bit of news, the windfall clearing is finished and No Name Road is open again!
Reference Link : Blackwater Creek Track
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Reference Link : Blackwater Creek Track
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After another great day of riding and exploring it was time to part company; they headed north while I headed east. The clear blue sky on the East of the Divide perfectly wound up a cracking couple of days of riding...
Reference Link : SH73 - Arthurs Pass
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