Off to the Opera!


We dragged ourselves out of bed at 630 to get to the airport for our 8 am 1 hour flight to Melbourne and then the 3 hour wait for the 1230 and 3 hour train trip to Wodonga.  Marg was there to pick us up and bring us home for the night and an amazing dinner of lamb shanks!… Read the rest

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We have decided to go to Tasmania after all. We have burned 2 of our Australia weeks waiting for the bikes, but we still really want to go. The problem is again the ferry. There are booking for 2 bikes to get over this week, but no return booking for weeks.… Read the rest

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Melbourne and the “Great Roads”


We had our flight to Melbourne booked tonight at 1850 and the Russels kindly delivered us to the airport by car.  When 45 min before we boarded and we still had not heard from GT  we called them. AGH the bikes have been bumped off their flight by priority cargo!… Read the rest

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All the Roads are Blocked….and the Sky is Grey.


We will have to abandon the ride over the next few days we had planned up to Golden bay and Abel Tasman as there has been 15 landslides and the highway 60 is closed. It is raining lightly, but is supposed to be sunny today.… Read the rest

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Somewhere over the Rainbow?

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We  do not have far to go today to Christchurch, but the weather is supposed to turn to another cyclone this afternoon.

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Despite this forecast that it would be nice until 3 pm it started to rain as we were packing up this morning.… Read the rest

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Dansey’s Pass, Hakataramea Valley Road, and Mt Cook

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We woke in Naseby to a sprinkle and packed up ASAP in a lull. We set out at 930 with a very cloudy sky and a number of very black clouds. The plan today is to ride both the Dansey’s and Hakataramea Pass roads and end up in Twizel after 317 km.… Read the rest

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Up Down Up!


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The weather today is still “cloud and some sun”, but still cold at 14 degrees as we set out from Owaka and continued on the southern scenic route to the Nugget Point road.

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This is a narrow, winding, and sometimes one lane route that hangs on the cliff.… Read the rest

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The South Point is at Bluff…Slope Point I mean

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Today we will ride out from Queenstown for the day.


The first part is to ride up along the lake to the town of Glenorchy with panoramic views. We took the first off road past the town and this is the Reece Valley road.… Read the rest

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I think we might be riding in circles?

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We have only a 54 km ride back to Wanaka home of the Twomotokiwi, but we will make it into 165 km with a ride unto the Lindis Pass summit. This is another very windy day. Despite having the last 3 weeks with temperatures over 30 it has been in the low teens this week and it is 10 this morning.We started by riding up the other side of the lake.… Read the rest

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Back country on the Nevis and waiting out cyclone #1

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We had a very cozy quiet night at the camp on Lake Hawea and woke to sunny skies. The forecast is for high winds and some clouds today and the storm is supposed to hit late tonight and tomorrow. We rode back the 7 km with no vehicles ahead and so the dust was better, but Sara managed to ride thru a fresh cow pie that splattered allover her boot and lower pant leg DUH.… Read the rest

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