Posted by: paulgilders | December 16, 2012

Danseys Pass

We were now on our way back north towards Christchurch. We had one final big pass to complete – Danseys Pass. It would be a two day ride over the pass – the first day going up the valley as far as possible to make the second, harder day less severe.

We had a luxury lunch at the Naseby Royal Hotel to stock up on calories.

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The initial section of the road up the valley was reasonably steady.
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We reached the last point of civilisation mid-afternoon – the Danseys Pass Coach Inn. With the campsite only 2km up the road, I enjoyed some sparkling refreshment.

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We stayed overnight at the Department of Conservation camp. Only basic facilities, but free and with a nice running stream to bath in. The following morning, we set out early to start the main ascent.

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We had expected to do a lot of pushing, but we managed to ride all the way up the main ascent.

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This is the top of the main pass.

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The descent down the northern side was much steeper – we definitely rode the best way, but the road was a bit scary in places.

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We descended for about 30 minutes and reached a small settlement, by the river. We thought incorrectly that our work for the day was done. Around the corner was another steeper ascent over a second saddle. We were forced to push the bikes.

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The rest of the day was flat riding. Unfortunately, we had eaten all our food and the café at Duntroon was closed on weekdays. As a result, we tucked into our emergency supplies (mostly chocolate as it turned out) and the rode a further 20km to the next town. Here is our camp at Kurow.

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