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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Global Reports => Topic started by: glitch_oz on September 15, 2006, 01:56:26 pm

Title: New Zealand...Fire 'n Ice'05 part3
Post by: glitch_oz on September 15, 2006, 01:56:26 pm

Time for a rest day to stow away the deep impressions of the last few days on the road...and Sasha to get rid of the handicap of being single-eyed.
Some impressions of the area...





Nigel, Billy and Moira


John, Tim and Jimbo


As usual, duct tape saves the day...


The planned glacier-walk the next day saw blue-ish skies and what a day it turned out to be?





Great stuff and well worth the muscle ache after...climbing the rubble and then onto the ice was something not to be forgotten for a long time.






Clouds moved back in later in the afternoon and drizzle turned to constant rain overnight.


Expecting the worst for our departure the next morning we were surprised to see the drizzle stop 5 mins. before we climbed onto the bikes.
50km towards Haast the road dried out and some sunlight pierced the black-blanket on the run-up to Haast Pass.
Having a ball across the saddle, Lake Wanaka was nearly too much; the green-blue waters with a dry-yellow background of sharply creased hills an unbelievable composition. Lake Hawea topped all that again?




After lunch in Wanaka (bowlacino anyone?)
and Tim deciding that this was HIS place it was up the Crown Range road towards Queenstown. A 200meter fence decorated with bras...yes, bras!!...before Cardrona




was a strange eyecatcher. The twisties and hairpins on the way down had the Strom in major knots, again it was the gravel in a quickish right-left combo, sheer luck and some "I'm-way-too-old-for-this"-acrobatics kept the schamozzle on the road and upright. The Crown Range is a gem, views magnificent.







Jimbo's pannier-lock replacement key (for the broken one in Fox Glacier) was already waiting at the reception of the Frankton Holiday Park, Tim wouldn't shut up about Wanaka and the beer was cold :)).