A critical moment survived!

Long journeys have their moments and their mishaps. I am happy to be sitting in MacD’s using their free wifi, and being able to tell you this story.


The day started with a dramatic descent of this gorge, that went on for 30km.


The views were totally distracting….


and when I stopped at the Roaring Meg hydro station, 2 people spontaneously gave me donations.


15 km out of Queenstown, I got waylaid by a vineyard tasting


….but of course they were only sample tastings…….
When I came away from the vineyard, I noticed the gears weren’t changing smoothly, but I couldn’t identify the problem. I limped into Queenstown, and into a bike shop, and they told me I was dreaming…..nothing wrong with the gears.
Then suddenly one of the mechanics spotted something that could have been life-changing (for me that is)….there was a terminal crack in the frame on the bottom bracket.
Except, of course, my 20yr old Raleigh Apex is made of steel…..which means it can be welded and repaired by any competent engineer. So that is the plan tomorrow…..an enforced rest day but an opportunity to put my much-loved elderly Raleigh back on the road.
Maybe there is a message for life in this……..don’t push aging machines beyond their use- by date. Something to think about.
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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on February 14, 2013, in New Zealand End-to-End 3000kms and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Sorry to hear this – but as you say at least it can be welded – BUT how many grams will that put on?

  2. How annoying! I hope that it gets repaired without a problem.

  3. I like the comment “Maybe there is a message for life in this……..don’t push aging machines beyond their use- by date. Something to think about.”

  4. Hi Frank – a potentially nasty moment avoided. It was probably the weight of that tent that did it! I feel you can easily afford a welding day, surely you could finish several days early if you tried? Not that you should, I am finding a slower pace and time to look up every now and then much more to my taste! I am in Murchison and am finding the going easy so plan to press on to Reefton on the Western edge of the Victoria Forest park. This should mean I make Greymouth on the west coast by Sat evening.

    Happy welding


    • That’s great news Steve. Enjoy the famous W Coast. Befriend the sandflies!
      I will be taking 2 days out to vist Milford & Doubtful Sounds…..by then you should be snapping at my heels!

  5. Crap! But the silver lining is that it didn’t fail on a descent miles away from a repair shop.

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