'Not a problem' On and off road in the 'Naki
In 2003 Kim lived in New Plymouth while working on THE LAST SAMURAI. As well as climbing Mt. Egmont, and kayaking down the Mokau River he got out on the bike occasionally.
Here are a couple of extracts from his diary, and some thumbnails.
Sunday morning road ride: meet 8 am at the Carillion.
Beautiful morning, but a bit cooler, light sou-wester. 26 people
Head out east, and up Mountain Road to INGLEWOOD as usual.
Out Lincoln Road, Clarke Road, over Puke, down Waitara Road,
Left into Cross Road, right onto Kelly Road, and left into Manutahi Road.
From LEPPERTON home usual route. Crash, 1 newbie guy slightly hurt.
Coffee at MacFarlanes as usual.
79 km, average 28.5 kph, max 65 kph.
Afternoon mountainbike ride with Neil.
From end of Pukeruhe Road, UP Whitecliffs Walkway (gravelled farm tracks) to top of Mt Davidson (+240 MASL) great views. Pretty muggy despite overcast conditions. Leave farmland into native bush. Down 2,000 slippery wooden steps to valley floor, then trundle down muddy single track to the coast. One small incident-my fault! Raging surf. Return along beach, some shingle, some rocks, some waiting, some wading, and finally some fine riding on hard sand. Damn high tide. Spectacular cliffs.
5 hours. Very hungry - dinner at The Bistro.