Nelson to Westport Wednesday - Feb 12The morning started out sunny and fine even though some of us were a little on the dusty side after last night, luckily I was ok, Dave didn't look to good. A quick breaky in Nelson at the Lambretta cafe and we headed on out towards Takaka Hill. I wasn't sure what to expect along here and if I thought yesterdays riding was a real treat then we hadn't seen anything yet.
|Breakfast at Lambrettas|
|Takaka Hill Lookout|
|Takaka Hill Views|
|The road winds ever on.....|
We made our way down into Takaka township which is just a small tourist village but very pretty. After a quick drink it was back on the bikes and it was so unfortunate that we had to ride back over the hill again to get back to Murchison. We put the cameras on the bikes halfway back up the hill and it was here that I captured the first camera of the trip biting the
To see Geoff's video of his camera falling off click this < LINK >
The centre stands came in for another hammering up and down Takaka Hill, ground clearance on these BMW's is a bit on the low side so I have to take it a bit easy. From here we fueled up again and headed out towards Murchison. The valley road along here until we got to Kohatu was a fantastic run of sweepers through the pine forested hills, pure riding delight. It was early afternoon and we stopped at this little cafe on the corner at Kohatu. Excellent coffee and caramel slice for a late lunch/early afternoon tea, it was to early for beers. It was along this section Geoff and Dave had swapped bikes. When Geoff pulled up he had a gopro in one hand with a mount missing some bits. He'd managed to catch Dave's gopro as it was falling off the handle bars. Nice one Roosty.
|Buller River near Murchison|
We then turned into Lower Buller Gorge which heads to Westport. There was a bit less traffic through here and the road was even better than Upper Buller. The sections along the river were magic. There was even the road going through this huge cutting out of the hillside with the road being single lane through. Lots of high speed sweepers with some slower corners thrown in with fantastic river views.
|Kill Kenny Lookout|
|Single lane Cutting|
|Lower Buller Gorge|
Here's the best bits of lower Buller Gorge from the rock cutting.
Day 2's thoughts on the bike. I've now mastered mounting the bloody thing. It's so tall I had difficulty getting on and off but now I just mount it like a horse by putting one foot on the left peg and step up and over onto the right peg. Sorted. Parking on angled surfaces is a bad thing as it's so top heavy and makes remounting near impossible and if the angle is too big the bike wants to topple over. I've started to have a hate/hate relationship with the massive screen on this bike. It's far to tall and if I ride along with the visor cracked the wind blast makes the visor vibrate and become noisy. It also makes lots of wind noise, if I move my head out to the left of the screen into the wind blast my helmet becomes almost dead quiet. I'd like to take a hacksaw to that screen.
Day 2 Map below.
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