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Recently, we had over 40 volunteers descend upon our local Buller, West Coast Region to work on the Mokihinui Gorge track. We sponsored Cookies to all the volunteers and boy, they sure needed the energy! In the past this track has been quite formidable, and unrideable to say the least. After the efforts of these keen volunteers, the restored track is amazing and now anyone can enjoy it safely, while taking in this breath-taking part of NZ. The track will form the last section of the Old Ghost Road, which is part of the NZ Cycle Ways project. It will be complete in 2013, and already a UK magazine has rated it as one of the best rides in the world! Here are the stats for the weekend:

  • 41 volunteers on day one, and several new people arrived on day two
  • The track is mostly cleared, and 96% rideable to Andersons Creek - total distance 6.5 km
  • Chainsaws were hugely valuable. Special thanks to the operators, Peter, Dave and Dave
  • The Old Ghost Road team have got funding to employ a digger to forge ahead to the Suicide Slips, and then they will get a couple of suspension birdges built across those formidable obstacles
  • By next year,Meridian will have won or lost their environment court hearing (Sept this year). Either way, the track will hopefully be formed all the way to Mokihinui Forks

Thanks to:

  • Ground Effect for tools
  • Emily for Em's Power Cookies
  • Dave for Calenders
  • Ghost Road Trust for BBQ
  • The Kennett Brothers for helping to make this happen

 

 

Published by Emily M. on Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Em's Blogs, In the Media. Comments: 1

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  • Posted by Brenda McIndoe on Thursday, February 02, 2012

    I'm married to Brian who grew up in Seddonville. He walked the Mokihinui Track from an early age and we walked into the Battery for a day walk early January 2012. It is tremendous that there are so many people who want to keep this track open. The last time we walked into the Forks was 2 years ago, quite a task in some places. Kepp up the good work.

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