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Lower Land Snooping

After giving my bike some loving from the hard time it received from the Woolly Wheels trip it was time to pack up and head off again. The focus of this trip was more GPS logging down south.

Leg #1 - Karamea to Fox
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The trip from Karamea and through Haast Pass was long and wet. I split the trip over two days parking up in a motel for the night at Fox as the West Coast rain was unrelenting. The rain continued the next morning with Haast Pass feeling more like a bath than a ride.
Reference Link : SH6 - West Coast
Leg #2 - Fox to Gore
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As I neared Cromwell however for the first time in two days the sun came out which was a most welcomed sight.
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Leg #3 - local GPS logging
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Basing myself in Gore, numerous routes were GPS logged around the area over a week period. Lots of interesting new routes were ridden.
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Reference Link : Chaslands Highway
Lost Gypsy Gallery
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This place is crazy cool. A talented electrical engineer with one hell of an imagination has created a garden of contraptions to walk through, look at and interact with. It costs a mere $5 and is totally worth every cent
Reference Link : Lost Gypsy Gallery
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This is the inside of his workshop/bus. This is also filled with odd and unusual things and is free for a looksee
Reference Link : Lost Gypsy Gallery
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Leg #4 - Gore to the Landsborough River
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After a successful few days of GPS logging it was off to view the Landsborough River. With so little information about this river available I thought I'd see first-hand if this was a river worth fishing. The route there was Southland back-roads then through Haast Pass
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Reference Link : Moa Flat Road
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Reference Link : Moa Flat Road
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This was an immaculately tidy Impala
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Stopping for lunch at the Tin Goose
Reference Link : Tin Goose Cafe
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Not too many of these around
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Reference Link : SH6 - Haast Pass
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Reference Link : SH6 - Haast Pass
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Reference Link : Landsborough Track
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Reference Link : Landsborough Track
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The route up to the Landsborough was not easy going in places, some sections had been washed out and were boldery screes rather than tracks. In this photo I had to take a detour around a washout, underneath was soft sand and decomposing slippery logs of which the bike quickly dropped into; and deep.
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It proved to be one heck of a wrestling match pulling it back out only to sink even deeper moving just 1 foot further. With much sweat and at a few flavourful words =) I managed to get away again and set up camp
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After living on the West Coast for two years and spending a lot of time in the back country flyfishing, I'm fairly well accustomed to sandflies in high numbers but this place was insane!
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Pop your hand outside the tent for just a few seconds and your hand is crawling with the little buggers!
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The recent rain had bought river levels up with both accessibility and clarity no good for flyfishing. So the next morning I meandered out in search of clear running rivers
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Reference Link : SH6 - Haast Pass
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Reference Link : SH6 - Haast Pass
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Stopping in at the Hard Antler for brunch
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A good feed to fill the belly for a day of riding
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An old Indian outside Johnson Motors
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Heading up Haast-Jackson Bay Road
Reference Link : Haast-Jackson Bay Road
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Arawhata River Bridge
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Stopping and at the Cray Pot for a good coffee
Reference Link : Cray Pot
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After the coffee I had a look down Neils Beach Road
Reference Link : Neils Beach Road
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It was then onto Jackson River Road which was magic
Reference Link : Jackson River Road
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With all the looking around the day was soon disappearing but I'd managed to scope out a few interesting looking tributaries to fish the following day. After a quick chat with the owner of this boat it was off to get a good nights sleep and get the fishing gear ready
Next day, rod in hand
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The next day starting off with cracker weather and clear running water. Just riding along the road I managed to spot a few reasonable size brown trout from the seat of my bike, this was promising. My plan however was to go much further up and fish some smaller and more remote tributaries. I was unsure if these smaller streams I had lined up held any fish but they were certainly visually inviting.
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One of the fish sitting up behind a rock
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Parking up the bike and heading off on foot
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The majority of the day was spent covering a lot of ground up small streams however it appeared I had walked past the point of which the fish reside. Although no fish were seen or caught it was a magic walk through some pretty stunning native bush
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I poked my nose up this walking track for a quick looksee on the way back to the motel.
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I literally couldn't stop myself and ended up walking right to the very end to the lookout over Lake Ellery
Reference Link : Lake Ellery Walking Track
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On my return back to the bike and back to the motel this fairly decent sized fellow held its ground right in the middle of the walking track
Leg #5 Haast to Ross
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Departing the motel the weather could not have been any better for a ride
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Reference Link : SH6 - West Coast
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I decided to stop for brunch at the Salmon Farm Cafe
Reference Link : Salmon Farm Cafe
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Reference Link : Salmon Farm Cafe
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This this was the best meal I had the whole trip, super yummy
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Reference Link : Lake Paringa Campsite
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After brunch is was a casual cruse up the coast checking out numerous side roads along the way
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Reference Link : Forks Okarito Road
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Some of the more remote tracks had some trees down and required some sawing to get by
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Up near the Saltwater Lagoon Track there were hundreds of spiders erecting their rel estate over the native trees
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Tell us how you really think!
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The day's end point was Ross Motels. I always enjoy staying here, not the most modern or flash motel but super friendly hosts
Leg #6 - Ross to Karamea
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Today was a return to home leg kicked off with a big breakfast at the Roddy Nugget
Reference Link : Roddy Nugget Cafe and Bar
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Not too many pics were taken that day, I enjoyed the ride and scenery too much and rolled in the door late afternoon winding up a successful GPS logging trip

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