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Hi Everyone,

Just back from riding 90 Mile Beach up in the North of New Zealand.

It isn't actually 90 miles long but 55 miles or 88 kilometres. Poor surveying I guess or 90 Mile Beach sounds more impressive that 55 Mile Beach.

Attached are some photos (hopefully the right way around but if not, they will need the skill of the chap who knows how to sort this problem out, as it is beyond my computing skills)

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Photo 1: Our campsite at Ahipara - a small coastal village at the southern end of the Beach. An excellent surfing break at Shipwreck Bay is nearby.

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Photo 2: Myself and the two bikes (my TTR and my Buddy's WR250) ready to go. I wore some flouro as didn't want to be run down by a Tour Bus. We traveled at 70 to 80kph and they travel at 100kph because they drive it every day and know where the soft spots are.

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Photo 3: The scenery that was with us for just over an hour

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Photo 4: The very end of the beach. The Tour Buses don't reach this far but we decided that we must do the full length.

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 Photo 5: The very top of New Zealand. The white water to the left of the Lighthouse is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet.

It was a great ride and we are now able to cross it off our Bucket List and are planning for the next ride before Winter arrives.

Cheers

Jeff

  



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That looks a stupendous ride, whether it's 50 miles or 90 miles. wink

Is there a petrol station and garage at each end?

What happens if the tide comes in part way through the trip?

I've turned those that needed it and relocated to coincide with the descriptions.

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Nice one Jeff - thanks for sharing biggrin

Delighted to see you are making good use of your time wink

Brian

 



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Thanks for sharing Jeff

Great photossmile



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Firstly, thank you very much Dr. Cubber Esq. for your fine work on my Post. That is exactly as I would have wanted it done but my previously mentioned Computer Skills don't allow it and the Grandkids weren't available !

We had both filled up our bikes before leaving home and each carried 2 litres in our Backpacks, which we poured into our bikes as soon as the fuel tanks could take them. The total distance of the ride was about 260k and my TTR will do about 220k on a full tank (under normal circumstances) before the reserve is required. Hard packed sand needs more throttle to ride on so the usual 220k was not going to happen. My mate's WR holds less fuel because of the smaller tank (Radiator and all that). There were gas stations on the return ride, down the main road but I made it back to camp running on fumes. The WR had to top up on a wharf, at a fishing village. We don't like carrying fuel "on our person" but we knew the chances of "Devon Badgers" upsetting us on a dead flat, hard surface, were minimal.

The tides of 90 Mile Beach are available on Google so we had had our eyes on a mid-morning low tide and that had to co-ordinate with good weather. The beach is very flat so when the tide starts coming in, it comes in very fast. I have seen photos of vehicles that have been caught by the rising tide and of course they are ruined after having salt water right through them. They don't get left on the beach for long because of the environmental risk with fuel and oil going into the sea. A breakdown would be embarrassing but there are other vehicles out there who would come to your aid, I'm sure. We did see a chap who was "Walking the Beach." That would be a mind numbing exercise ! He was well kitted out so was probably camping in the sand hills overnight, as it would take a couple of days to walk it.

For History Buffs: on the way back we passed through Waipapakauri at which, during WW2, the Americans built two 700m concrete airstrips, as the first of many planned because if Australia was invaded by the Japanese, New Zealand was where they were going to withdraw to. Thankfully they were never used as the "Tide of War" turned. After the War the airstrips were broken up and the land put back into farmland. 

Cheers

Kiwi Jeff   

P.S. Brian - yes this retirement lark is the way to fly !

 

 

       



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