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Tunnel Puddles

With more GPS logging and flyfishing on the cards I planned to catch up with a riding buddy and incorperate a trip through Napoleon Hill

Leg #1 - Karamea to Reefton
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The trip kicked off on a grey dreary day but the rain held off as I made my way over to Reefton and had a snoop around some nearby tracks
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Reference Link : SH69
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Reference Link : SH69
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Reference Link : Perserverance Road
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Some old mining relics up Larrys Creek Track
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Reference Link : Larrys Creek Track
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After catching up with Carl and partner, we shot out for a good feed to fuel the body for the following day's ride
Napoleon Hill
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Numerous times I had planned to go through this route but heavy rain meant it was not an option, I was glad to finally have the rain gods on my side for once. This is the east side land owners place (nice guy) who runs his house of this hydro power setup
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Although I've seen photos of the tunnels numerous times it certainly falls short of actually riding through them in person
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On one of the steeper side tracks where Carl almost had an undies change moment!
Leg #2 Reefton to Springs Junction
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This was not a long leg at all, but I was off to find a motel and base myself as I was keen to do some exploring of local rivers for flyfishing
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I decided to stay in this motel of which afterwards I wish I hadn't. It was pretty run down but it didn't detract from the location and the fishing I had lined up
Boots on, rod in hand
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The next day was on the bike and off to stalk some river edges. I was not disappointed with the quality of the rivers, absolutely spectacular!
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Heading into a gorge section the water was slow running emerald green goodness with a number of sizable resident browns
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The fishing was tough, very spooky trout, but I managed to land a couple of absolute beauties
Leg #3 Springs Junction to Christchurch
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A cousin was flying in from Australia so it was off for an evening meal and a family catchup night. It was a magic day for a ride through Lewis Pass
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Reference Link : SH7 - Lewis Pass
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Reference Link : SH7 - Lewis Pass
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The Red Post putting on a typically yummy lunch
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I had some work to do on the laptop so I parked up in this motel for the night. Two dud motels in a row =(
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The next motel in Christchurch was much nicer =)
Leg #4 - Christchurch to Karamea
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After a good family catchup it was back through Lewis Pass. On the way I made a point to stop at Blacks Point Museum
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The museum is full of interesting memorabilia and history. I am in owe of what early day gold miners endured
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They also have a working stamping plant which they crank up for you. This was pretty cool and definitely worth a looksee. A great way to wind up the trip back to base