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Rode the last bit of the Buller Valley up to Murchison, then discovered that the road was shitty (spill off a truck, roadworks) for the next 50 kms or so, then I'd be on roads that I know pretty well. So I got on the bus.


A big slip off the side of the road. Not sure if it 's also an earthquake slip but on the opposite side of the valley there's a big slip from an earthquake. Looks quite dramatic here though, especially when someone drives a bus past it...A big slip off the side of the road. Not sure if it 's also an earthquake slip but on the opposite side of the valley there's a big slip from an earthquake. Looks quite dramatic here though, especially when someone drives a bus past it...
Looking across the valley over the slip on my side. Up left of this photo there's a bigger slip that doesn't look quite so impressive.Looking across the valley over the slip on my side. Up left of this photo there's a bigger slip that doesn't look quite so impressive.
A big swingbridge. $10 to walk across it and take a flying fox back. Fortunately they were yet to open when I went past.A big swing bridge. $10 to walk across it and take a flying fox back. Fortunately they were yet to open when I went past.
The Buller River just outside Murchison. It's nice to be back after looking at australian rivers for so long. Cold, clean and moving :)The Buller River just outside Murchison. It's nice to be back after looking at Australian rivers for so long. Cold, clean and moving :)
Dropping rocks in rivers is an essential part of life. But now that I'm older and wiser, I can take photos of rocks being dropped into rivers. The wise part is where I didn't drop the camrea in too.Dropping rocks in rivers is an essential part of life. But now that I'm older and wiser, I can take photos of rocks being dropped into rivers. The wise part is where I didn't drop the camera in too.
Buller River again. See, it moves!Buller River again. See, it moves!
From the bridge into Murchison the road was sort of sticky and wet. It was very odd. When i got into town they told me that someone had leaked expoxy resin all the way from the bridge to the start of the roadworks 30km out of town, then all the way up the hills there would be roadworks. I bought a bus ticket.From the bridge into Murchison the road was sort of sticky and wet. It was very odd. When i got into town they told me that someone had leaked expoxy resin all the way from the bridge to the start of the roadworks 30km out of town, then all the way up the hills there would be roadworks. I bought a bus ticket.
Poor bike.Poor bike.
Bus stopped in Tapawera long enough for me to get bored. But not so bored that i'd get back on my bike, lazy sod that I am.Bus stopped in Tapawera long enough for me to get bored. But not so bored that I'd get back on my bike, lazy sod that I am.
The Tapawera railway line (note that you can see both ends of it in this photo). Railways in NZ are exciting because the rock is crumbly and the landscape is pretty mobile. So Nelson never got a railway but it got as far as Tapawera from one end.The Tapawera railway line (note that you can see both ends of it in this photo). Railways in NZ are exciting because the rock is crumbly and the landscape is pretty mobile. So Nelson never got a railway but it got as far as Tapawera from one end.
Adrian and Steph. Adrian is part old english sheepdog.Adrian and Steph. Adrian is part old English sheepdog.