There was a good turnout for the Clubs monthly meeting.
Port Blakley are still logging in the Herbert Forest, so the Podocarp and Hoods Creek tracks are still closed.
Woosey’s bike rides struck a great day, fine and cool. 4 bikers headed west, doing a 36k circuit as far as Tulliemet Road. 5 bikers headed east, doing a circuit via All-day Bay and Kakanui with great views.
A trip went up the Ewe Range from the end of Broken Hut Road near Omarama. A steady climb saw them into the Oteake Conservation Area, but unfortunately the views were nil.
The Wednesday Walkers had day trips to the White Horse Hill at Waimate, Doctors Point at Waitati, Takitu Station in South Canterbury and Sheepwash Creek in the West Marewhenua catchment.
Coming Trips are Tabletop, a Silver Peaks round trip via Pulpit Rock, Rosella Ridge and the Eucalyptus Track, a working bee in the Herbert Forest and the Labour Weekend Trip to Mt. Alexander on the West Coast.
The evenings Guest Speakers were a North Otago team of 4 who competed in the last Godzone in the Christchurch area. 50 teams started the race but just 20 teams completed the whole course of over 600k, as if they were too slow, a section was missed.
Preparation was meticulous as the right supplies had to be put in the correct boxes with a maximum weight. Food was divided into 12 hour segments and the bikes disassembled and placed in boxes to be transported to the next bike stage. They had 2 X 2 person pack rafts for the calmer water and the organisers supplied 2 person kayaks for white water sections, which sometimes had to be transported 2 k overland to the river. At times they were carrying up to 20k plus the kayak.
The race commenced at Akaroa with difficult coastal section, where it was quite easy to get a leg cut from mussels, or twist an ankle. Then a bike ride took them to Christchurch for a run through the adventure park. It was then a bus trip to Flock hill with different running, biking kayaking or pack rafting sections to the mouth of the Rakaia River, before returning to the Akaroa finish line.
They helped each other out when necessary, sometimes towing their bike, joining up when crossing rivers, especially in the dark, or tying the 2 pack rafts together. They managed a sleep most nights, twice in the dark zones when they were not allowed to travel. They had to take a tracking beacon and locator beacon, but were not allowed a GPS as all navigation had to be done with maps and compass.
No one was allowed to assist them, especially in the transition stages.
They all said they would like to do it again, but not next year, mainly because of the cost which was in the thousands of dollars each.
Woosy Bike Ride , 18 August 2019
It took a lot of work arranging the perfect day for a bike ride and no effort was spared and the results were definitely worth it because this particular day was made for it, no clouds at all, brilliant views to the higher hills covered in last week’s snow, little wind.
Nine turned up at the Purton’s carpark in Maheno at 1pm, 2 non club members. There were ebikes as well as pushbikes. It seemed a natural selection process as those on the push bikes opted to do a 20km circuit and those with ebikes opted to do the longer western circuit amounting to 36km. So 5 on the eastern side of Maheno 4 the other and off we went.
One member on a new bike copped some questions relating to all the features in this latest edition of ebike which included the fitting of an airbag.
It is hard not to be enthusiastic about ebikes, there is nothing to dislike about them, they flatten all the hills and always give you a tail wind, in fact they take away about 50 years of ageing and make you feel like a ten year old on a bike. So for us on the western circuit we thoroughly enjoyed the ride through Kuriheka , admiring the old buildings and stopping at the memorial built to remember all those fro the area that went to fight in WW1.
On we went stopping only at the intersections enjoying the great views of the hills, quite roads, the only vehicles we met once when we were on the Tullimett Rd stopping for a drink.
The return leg into a breeze all the way along a network of roads zigzagging our way back to Maheno avoiding tarsal and the main road.
We arrived back at the carpark about 3.30pm with the ones who did the eastern circuit back too, good timing.
Bike ride report trip 2
Five of us on more traditional historical bikes with the exception of one e-bike did the shorter 20 km trip. We left Maheno on the Maheno/Kakanui Rd and then turning into the Maheno/All Day Bay Rd onto our first hill/work out for the day up pass the Maheno Cemetery. We follow this road onto the gravel and along it to we met up with Happy Valley Rd which we turn into and a downhill run to Robertsons Rd. We turned into Robertsons Rd and after going downhill it was back up hill again, with a few ups and down along this road but we had great views of the mountains with the snow on them. We followed this road till we met up with MacLean Rd which we follow down towards the coast and out onto Waianakarua Rd by All Day Bay where we stopped for a break. After our break it was a good uphill slog and along the coast towards Kakanui and as we were coming into Kakanui, Phyllis’s bike decided it had had enough and spat the dummy with bit of derailleur and springs flying out everywhere. So we had to leave Phyllis behind and travel back to Maheno on the Maheno/Kakanui Rd to the vehicles, where I went back and picked Phyllis and her broken bike up.
She may have a good excuse to get a e-bike now. Thank to Robbie for organising the maps and route, with great weather and views we all enjoyed our ride.
It sounded like their ride was enjoyable as well so all around everyone was happy and a good finish was had at the tavern by way of a nice drink and a debrief with the usual laughter. Thanks to those who made it, they were, Bron, Maurice, John, Robbie on the western circuit and Ross, Neville, Phyllis, Colin and Julie on the eastern one.
The Cubs trapping programe in the Herbert Forest has been suspended while the area around the tracks is being logged, but the tracks could be open again by the end of August and trapping will commence again after that. We now have 34 mouse traps, which will be placed inside the larger predator traps, so the mice will be prevented from eating the larger predator’s bait.
We were told about a documentary about regenerating forest on marginal farmland on Banks Peninsula. Called Fools and Dreamers, it can be viewed on Youtube
One trip was cancelled because of wet weather but there was a day trip on the coast below Palmerston from the Pleasant River Estuary up the coast to Bobby’s head. It was a round trip initially walking down Goodwood Road and Goodwood Settlement Road, then heading down to the estuary thence to the beach at the tip of the peninsula. After morning tea there was a short climb to the top of the cliff for the walk up the coast. They were able to drop down to the beach after a while because of the low tide. Lunch was on the beach below Bobby’s Head and then a climb around the Head before a short road walk back to the cars.
Coming trips are a bike ride from Maheno, a weekend trip up the South Temple and a day trip up the Ewe Range in the Oteake Conservation Park.
The Wednesday Walkers have had walks on Derdan Hill and Baldy behind Waikouiti, Pidgeon Bush, Mt. Harris Run in the Waiho Downs district, the Domet Loop and a Tapui Homestead farm walk.
The Clubs Trip Programe was organise for the October – December period.
We were then treated to photos of a mid-winter Routeburn Caples tramp without the summer crowds and another from Lake Harris up to Lake Wilson a rugged but spectacular
Sunday 4th August 2019
Even though cold weather was forecast for the day of the trip to Bobby’s Head, seven trampers ventured out.
It started with a walk along Goodwood Road to a cemetery and old church yard. With the church no longer standing we noticed that a lot of the graves were of the Preston and Dunkley families.
We then continued along the road towards Matai Farm with the sun now shining and temperatures getting warmer, necessitating a few layers to be shed.
After following a fence-line down a paddock we came across the first of many electric fences which we found live after testing with the tester.. We then skirted around an estuary on a farm track, over sand dunes and onto the beach where the Pleasant River meets the sea.
A morning tea break was taken before climbing up to the cliff tops where we followed the coastline across the farmland and negotiated many more electric fences. (All shocks avoided)
As we were lucky enough to catch a low tide we made our way back down from Matai Farm to the beach and observed the unusual formations in the mud stone on the cliffs before reaching Tavora Beach for a lunch stop.
Now in the Tavora Reserve, we followed a track over the sand dunes and through stands of native bush up onto Bobby’s Head where we admired the views from the Otago Peninsula in the South to Shag Point in the North.
With a short walk across a paddock and over a couple of stiles, once again we came out onto Goodwood Road and after a 500 meter walk we were back at our vehicles at 3pm.
A stop at Palmerston for ice creams followed on our way home.
Thank you to John for the guiding expertise and liaising with the farmer to make this trip possible.
Thanks also to Lynette, Julian, Bronwyn, Neville and Maurice for their company.
Sunday 7th July 2019
Eight trampers in two vehicles arrived at the car park at the north end of Katiki Beach at 10 o’clock, having driven the 45 km from Oamaru – the late start was determined by the 1 pm low tide. A ninth participant met them there. The two largest vehicles were ferried down to the car park at the south end of the beach and left there, with the third vehicle returning north with the drivers. About 10.30am we set off north up Katiki Beach to walk the 2kms to the northern limit where the beach meets the hills of Katiki Point. On the way we crossed the trickle that comprised Trotters Creek and turned around just before 11 o’clock at an unnamed estuary by the end of the beach.
We then headed southward down the beach, passing our starting point and stopping for morning tea about an hour after we had set off. It was now 1 ½ hours from low tide so the sand was getting wider and was firm enough to provide an excellent walking surface. The beach was sheltered from the stiff, cold northerly breeze so it was warm enough some top clothing layers to be removed. Shortly after smoko, we started coming across the many and varied rock formations which are a feature of Katiki Beach. There were reefs with round pools, Katiki boulders (similar to Moeraki boulders), layered strata in the cliffs, rock shelves notable for their protection of slippery algae, and, further along, myriad small spherical rocks like bowling balls. Navigation of the rock formations, not to mention photography, made for slow progress, so it was not until almost 1.15 that we passed the last rocks and settled down for lunch.
Lunch over, we walked down the sandy beach to the start of the rock shelf which runs down the north-east side of Shag Point and was now fully exposed by the low tide. Walking was a careful process, avoiding the dark algae which could make the surface extremely slippery and using poles for extra stability. The sandstone shelf supported an amazing variety of rock formations including huge Katiki boulders, many split to form open flower buds or spa pools, straight drainage channels, parallel tram lines and strange prehistoric scripts. Many of the rocks contained fossils. By 3 o’clock, we had reached the end of the walkable section and, watched by a group of young seals, we climbed up the rocks and then some steps to a grassy reserve behind some cribs.
Because of the time, we decided not to continue on to the point itself but, after a short break, turned right up the road and old railway formation for the 2km walk back to the cars. The 17 km walk in very pleasant conditions had offered much of interest for Chris, Bronwyn, Bess, Bevan, Julian, Lynette, Neville, Robbie and John.