At 9.30 this morning I was at the bike park ready to ride, and thanks to the shuttle, 15min later I was 300m higher near the top of the hill.
Continue reading Split Enz is my favourite trail ever
I’m in the back of my X-trail beside a steaming hot pool in Rotorua, about to spend my first night.
Continue reading Rotorua in the rain
Early this afternoon Kerry rang and convinced me that the rain was over and that an Orewa ride would be good.
Continue reading Hatfields Beach Peaches
Keen to ride a new trail, and to see if Steve the bike mechanic has finally got my gears changing properly, I headed to the Waitakeres this morning.
Continue reading Beveridge Track, Titirangi
Kerry wasn’t very keen on riding this morning, and it took all my powers of manipulation to make him think he was persuading me to ride around Green Lake near Rotorua.
Continue reading Lake Rotokakahi – Green Lake
I’m sitting in the bush at the lookout over the Bridge to Nowhere, on the Whanganui River.
Continue reading Mangapurua Trail to Bridge to Nowhere
After our big ride the day before, we decided to have an easy ride along the river outside Audrey’s family holiday house in Turangi.
Continue reading Tongariro River Trail
This morning we had a huge cooked breakfast ordered for 7am, because we planned to ride 38km across the Moerangi Track in the Whirinaki Forest.
Continue reading Moerangi Track
We arrived in Minginui quite early, so we asked our hostess at the Whirinaki Forest Holidays lodge to drop us at the end of the 16km Whirinaki track and pick us up two hours later.
Continue reading Whirinaki Track
This evening I went for a bike ride with my son James, down at the Royal Albany Bicycle Reserve.
Continue reading Royal Albany with James
Rode another new trail today with Kerry, out past Whitford.
Continue reading Whitford Forest – Wairoa River
I took my bike for a ride around the Manukau after I dropped Felicity and Judith at the airport this evening.
Continue reading Ambury Park to Stonefields at sunset
This afternoon I went for a new ride at Waharau Regional Park.
Continue reading Waharau – Whakatawhi Ridge
Took my bike out to Riverhead yesterday to check out what the West Coast Riders Club have been up to in their block of forest.
Continue reading Proposed new track 18 is way cool
Yesterday I rode a bunch of Woodhill trails for what might be the last time. Next week the loggers arrive to harvest the pine trees. The bike park hopes to be able to repair the tracks afterwards, but they will be out in the open for quite a few years; the sandy surface will dry out faster and be less fun to ride.
Continue reading RIP Spaghetti
After installing several new drains on the bike track last week, I was keen to test them out.
Continue reading Royal Albany Ride to test drains
I was right, the Woodhill tracks were running sweet after all the rain.
Continue reading Bringing up Father
I surprised two wild deer as I arrived at the Connifer Grove picnic area in Woodhill Forest this morning. Bikes travel fairly quietly, so I was only a hundred metres or so away before they bounded off. A normal height wire fence didn’t even slow them down!
Continue reading Deer at Connifer Grove office
After dropping Judith at school this morning, I ducked into the bush behind Massey University to put the finishing touches on the berm I have been making on the Royal Albany Bicycle Trail.
Continue reading My first berm
When I biked to the top of the nursery hill this afternoon, I noticed all the big pines at the back of the old Centrepoint Nursery have been chopped. The building in the photo is the Kauri house.
Continue reading De-forestation in Albany