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New Zealand...Fire 'n Ice'05 part2
« on: September 15, 2006, 01:51:44 pm »

The caf√?¬© in Moama proved a good choice, nice views from the sundeck across the lake and good tucker as well as coffee.

A Greymouth local helped us to find the Top10 Holiday Park, a good choice.
Tim did his magic on the BBQ after some shopping and the table blocked the thoroughfare to other traffic.

Shooting stars galore down the pebble beach closed a great first day.

Greymouth "Parking Lot"

Off to Reefton (north-east) the next morning via the Blackball Hilton Hotel (which has been the subject of a looming lawsuit by the international Hilton Hotel chain in the past, what a joke),

then north to Inangahua before the "Magic Run" through the Buller Gorge?.what a road  ;D ;D ;D?.and on to Westport.
Buller Gorge..no words needed...

The visit to the Westport Coal-Museum was well worth it, the amount of old "mechanicals" displayed is pretty stunning.

From marine to coal-mining to automotive gadgets-of-old? even a very early 50cc Aprilia moped. Up the coast and up the hill

to the old coal-mining settlement of Denniston, a great 9km of twisties end up on a high-plateau with brilliant views of the coast and endless relics of the coal-mining days.

Turning north, the stretch from Mokihinui to Little Wanganui proved a twisties-smorgasbord...and a heart-stopper due to loose gravel every 3. bend.

The cabins in Karamea were the cheapest of the whole trip...and...deservedly so?... VERY basic.

Along the way...not really doing a roaring trade, eh?

Enough for the day...Jimbo  :)

The walk along the lagoon in the late afternoon sunlight made up for it though :)

Back through Westport the next morning

and out to Cape Foulwind for a well-worth look,

followed by one of the best stretches of road of the whole trip...Great Ocean Road, eat your heart out !!

It's all over at Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks?

Through Greymouth and down the coast.
State Hwy 6....bridge south of Greymouth

 ?looks like the weather's moving in from the south.
A warning regarding speed-traps down south is passed on by 2 locals on a BMW K12 and Trumpy Rocket 3 (what a monster) in Hokitika...thanks guys, saw all of those you mentioned.

Franz-Josef Glacier is booked out, so we have to dip into the low-hanging clouds across the saddle to Fox Glacier and just make it in time before the drizzle starts. Great set of twisties...Tim and John go back for another lap despite the damp roads.

Sasha's wasp-sting from 2 days ago has swollen her eye shut, off to the quack in the morning?

Time for a rest-day and some kicking-back, digesting the last few days?
The $28 family-pizzas are a shocker...until they're served. They turned out to be worth every cent .

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