Once again the semi organised ride that Matt has put together for us for the last few years will be on again.
For those of you doing the Dusty Butt ride who are staying in Christchurch Thursday night and want to meet up with other DB entrants for a leisurely day ride down to Fairlie register here.
The plan is to meet at the car park of Yaldhurst Tavern ('the Yaldy') on Yaldhurst Rd at 0830 for briefing then head away soon after.
The route will involve riding up a section of the Waimakariri river recreation area before heading up the Rakaia river thru Glenfalloch Station to Lake Heron Station then on to Mayfield for gas and a feed before heading thru the Orari Gorge to Fairlie.
I have spoken to all four Highcountry stations that we cross and have secured us access. The tariffs for that access are $10 per rider per station so I will need to collect $40 (4 x $10) per person at the briefing.
The route is reasonably tame and is generally suitable for two up riding or for loaded up solos. Last year the river crossing coming out of Orari was axle deep. Today (2 Feb) the river levels appear lower than last year.
Last year we had 50 odd riders in our group so it's a good chance to catch up with fella kbers and a great way to make the most of the weekend.
If you're keen let me know by way of a reply so I can collate numbers to pre warn the farmers
I'll run point on the day and I'll be looking for 4 volunteers who have done the route previously to sweep 1 of the 4 sections each.
I'll see you all on the 28th