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    Back to Dunedin

    16th February 2017

    I sleep well and wake early. I've got a reasonable distance to travel today, so I shower, get suited and booted and then load the bike...



    The smoke on the horizon mixes with the cloud - they evacuated a load of people from their homes during the night...



    I press the starter button at about 0845 and Bettie soon directs me onto the urban motorway heading out of Christchurch and towards Dunedin - some 300 miles distant by a circuitous route I programmed into her last night.



    Outside of the city, traffic is light and the weather good - it's about 63° F...



    I stop to take a couple of pics of this Latin lovely...



    ...and her older British partner...



    ...who has a confusingly badged rear...



    Just before turning off Route One, I decide to stop for a spot of breakfast at the Oasis Tearooms...



    ...where I am brought...



    ...the Big Brekkie...

    After waddling back out to the Adv, I set off again, immediately turning right towards Geraldine...



    ...with a range of hills on the horizon ahead of me...



    I spot this advertising a restoration shop in town...



    Thankfully, it seems their actual work is a little more up-market...



    The sky gradually clears as I approach the hills...



    ...and the temperature rises to 72°F...



    ...which is just about perfect...



    Traffic is light, the road surface excellent - all's well with the world...



    I crest the brow of one of the hills and a panorama greets me...



    ...it's beautiful...



    Onward!



    I'm watching my speed carefully - it would be easy to get caught out here. I found that tightening the throttle lock helps when on a long straight...



    A few old timers at the roadside here...



    ...any guesses?



    The Three Creeks Service Station is like a step back in time...



    Got to keep on - it's quite a long day today...



    Snow-capped mountains appear on the horizon...



    ...and I've a feeling we're headed in exactly their direction...



    I arrive at the side of the unfortunately named Lake Tekapo...



    ...which has a beautifully elegant footbridge...



    The mountains are drawing near...



    ...and, quite suddenly, I arrive at Lake Pukaki...



    ...its water impossibly turquoise...



    I ride on, slowly, taking in the view...



    ...what a beautiful part of the world...



    ...I am very lucky to be able to experience it...



    At the splendidly named Twizel, I refuel and take a snap of this biplane...



    ...which is advertised as giving Glacier view flights...



    If I thought they might be able to jam my fat arse in it, I'd almost be tempted...



    I'm heading south east now, and aiming to rejoin Highway 1 around Reidston, just north of Hampden, where I snapped the little blue Riley the other day...



    It's a pretty ride, although - perversely - the temperature seems to have dropped as I lose altitude...



    I'm feeling quite tired - and won't be sorry to see the hotel this afternoon...





    These lakes are the Benmore and Aviemore dam hydro-electric schemes...



    I spot this brightly coloured old gent at the side of the road - any guesses?



    This sheep farmer obviously wanted his farm advertised to the world...



    Muscle car selling himself at the roadside...

    I rejoin Highway One, and feel the need for a cup of coffee to get me through the last hour and a bit...



    ...the café/bar has a great feel to it, with three regulars (all motorcyclists) hitting the draught beer already - I kind of wish I was staying there the night - a beer would go down well...



    ...but I have my coffee and say farewell - but not before taking a sneaky pic of what's hiding in the landlord's garage...



    Just across the road is this ugly duckling - any ideas?



    I make good time along Highway One, past the miles of empty golden beach and rolling surf...



    ...but being careful with my speed - it would be easy to become complacent at the end of the day...



    Eventually Dunedin comes into view. I ride into the centre of town, past the elegant railway station...



    ...and a short time later...



    ...I'm being shown my beautiful room...



    ...at the Dunedin Palms Motel.

    I drop some gear off, then ride out and buy a six-pack - it's journal time...

    What a great day.

    We will never be here again - have a good look around

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    Wow, stunning landscape, thanks for sharing.

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    Fantastic vistas, a bit of everything.

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    Sun but cold here

    Leigh Bolton and Salford

    Not quite as peaceful

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    I'm enjoying your tour so thank you for all the time and effort you've put into your postings.

    You make a few mentions of watching your speed - are the gendarmerie so unfriendly as to curtail a bikers enjoyment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike O View Post
    16th February 2017


    A few old timers at the roadside here...



    ...any guesses?
    1939 Ford Pickup.


    If quitters never win and winners never quit... What idiot came up with 'Quit while you're ahead'??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by mw3230 View Post
    I'm enjoying your tour so thank you for all the time and effort you've put into your postings.

    You make a few mentions of watching your speed - are the gendarmerie so unfriendly as to curtail a bikers enjoyment?
    Apparently they are pretty hot on speed limits and Mike has already been the recipient of an expensive love letter from a local plod!
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    Australian Built "Holden" a product of General Motors Holden (GMH). I think the model is an HZ Holden Kingswood Sedan

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holden_HZ

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    The forest fires outside Christchurch made the BBC news this morning!

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    A great report....takes me back to my 20's when I worked over there for a while.....beautiful country..nice people

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    Best pictures of the trip so far.

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    Awesome pics... what a trip... enjoy, and stay safe!

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    Still loving' it
    Just 'cos you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you !

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    That railway station was a surprise. Most of the other buildings seen in the pics have been 'so-so'.

    Thanks Mike.

    Still tuned in.

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    What a great place to be you are very lucky. Keep it coming this is great

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    Mike .... I could quote easily learn to dislike you

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