Freedom on two wheels

The Queen Charlotte Track is  42 mile long trail that starts at Ship Cove and ends at Anakiwa. I met 4 other friends there (Ian,Ian,Erik,Mark) for a 3 day Mountain biking trip.

a Track along a ridge within the Marlborough sounds

The Marlborough Sounds is home to an immense maze of bays and mountainous terrain that has been created over years of seismic forces thrusting mountains up .  The Queen Charlotte Track (yellow trail in the image above) runs in and out of coves and up and over mountains and along a ridge with views of the sounds the entire way, 42 miles of magical (kid-free) blissfulness.

 

Water Taxi's keep busy in the sounds, they transport hikers,bikers and many people with houses that is only accessible by water.  the water taxi "package" includes a boat ride to the start of the track and baggage transport each night to the lodge that we were biking to, and then a water taxi pickup at the end of the trail.

3 days of mountain biking, and NO, I am not going to carry all of my gear on my back… Water Taxis keep busy in the sounds.  They transport hikers, bikers and many people with houses that are only accessible by water.  The water taxi “package” includes a boat ride to the start of the track and baggage transport each night to the lodge where we were staying, then a water taxi pickup at the end of the trail.

the starts at Ship Cove where Captain James Cook first landed in NZ when he was exploring the south pacific.

The track starts at Ship Cove, Captain James Cook’s first landing spot in NZ during his south pacific explorations.

the track was in good condition with minimal mud and any large stream is bridged.

The track was in good condition, with minimal mud and bridges over all large streams.

Ian riding

Ian Summerfield riding

Erik riding

Erik riding

 

A nice spot for dinner at Punga Cove with a view

A nice spot for with a view for dinner at Punga Cove.  As we sat there nursing our beers in peace and quiet we counted up 14 children between us…..which as Molly pointed out means that other people were currently caring for those 14 children. 

The first night's stay was at Punga cove, a nice sandy beach overlooking the sounds.  Homebrew tastes good out of a Nalgene, complements of the water taxi service.

The first night’s stay was at Punga cove, a nice sandy beach overlooking the sounds. Homebrew tastes good out of a Nalgene, complements of the water taxi service.

view of sounds

One of the many views along the trail
Weka's are like a wild chicken, that are bold little bugers that can be found at most camping areas

Weka’s are like a wild chicken, bold little buggers that can be found at most camping areas.

the Maori Pou whenua land post carving

The Maori Pou whenua land post carving is the New Zealand’s version of a totem pole.

 

parts of the trail consisted of hills that where to steep to ride

Parts of the trail consisted of hills that where to steep to ride.

here, I rode up the hill and as soon as the guys saw me trying to take a photo of them pushing their bikes, they jumped on their bikes..

Here I rode up the hill ahead and as soon as the guys saw me trying to take a photo of them, they jumped on their bikes..

maps and signs are frequent along the trail, great job DOC.

Maps and signs are frequent along the trail–Great job DOC.

one of the days I Biked ahead of the group so I could get a long run in that afternoon.

One of the days I biked ahead of the group so I could get a long run in that afternoon.  Why would I do something nutty like that, you might ask?  I’m getting ready for the Kepler Challenge, a 60 kilometer mountain run, which means I’m making a steady habit of pushing my body past its comfort zone.

2nd night at Portage bay, replenishing lost carbs

2nd night at Portage bay, replenishing lost carbs.

a brief swim towards the end of the trail at  Davies Bay

We had a brief swim towards the end of the trail at Davies Bay

It was a great trip–a boat to transport beer and gear every day, and an excellent hiking or mt biking trail.

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2 thoughts on “Freedom on two wheels

  1. Nice job Jeremiah! You’re looking quite buff in that last picture – (I’m thinking perhaps a day managing the 14 children mentioned by Molly would show whether or not you’re mentally ready for the Kepler Challenge and really test your comfort zone 😉 🙂 Glad you’re finding the great places and good friends to enjoy the things you do.

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