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Monday, April 30, 2012

Introducing the Lower Loop

Now that we are getting a bunch of people coming out and we can't always show people around, it was time to map out a fun loop track of the "Lower Tracks" to allow people to session the tracks and take in the most of what is available and missing the dead ends as we work towards completing the trail network

So here she is - the Lower Loop all up a nice 2.4 km, only missing 1 & a 1/4 of all the tracks available on the Lower Tracks. What a bargain!
The Lower Loop!

A wee bit closer! So many wiggles, and berms!

No big climbs, but lots of chances to get some speed up!
From the car park, you follow the arrows to the "caravan" to sign in (of course) and then as you are rearing to go follow the arrows marked LOOP up to Anti Disestablishment, more arrows and out and up to the road for a 50m section and then pop down the wee short-cut onto the middle of Frank'N'Furter to take advantage of Lisa's massive berms, cross the creek and up and down and side to side and you end up on River Track, more smooth fast wiggles and berms and then onto Ssh Track, some real hand-built singletrack, one of my favourites. After Ssh Track, follow the arrow (missing out AYUNCT) down and cross the creek, around the fence and then onto the new Paddock Racer and then you're back at the caravan, so its time to do it again and again and again!

Of course, there are no limits, you can ride as little or as much as your like or take in all of Frank'N'Furter, just pay attention to the signage at the end of the track and/or climb AYUNCT to the trail end as well. So nice views up there!
Some people prefer to ride the tracks in the other direction, well that's just fine as well.
If you make a time with us, Shailer is very happy to give you the grand tour!

Shailer (Mr Haven) doing what he loves best! Showing people around Haven.
If you want to chill out at any stage, you can put your feet up in the Skills Area, try out the wall-ride/giant berm, have a feed and watch the world go by. Soon you will be able to test your skills on our board-walk!

Almost ready!
You can find out description of all our tracks on our track page -->

Unsolicited comments by new riders in the weekend were "this is a great wee loop," and "there is nothing like this around Christchurch." Come along and check us out.

Looking South, what a beauty of a day.
When you've had enough, don't forget to sign out!

And of course, there are still all the "Upper Tracks" to do as well!
We will put up a suggested ride order, as per our map up soon.
It's a bit trickier to have a simple loop track up there!

View of Paddock Racer from the Miners Track.
If you still want more, more more! Check out the Rail Trail, Living Springs, the Sign of the Packhorse, Mt Herbert, the Monument, and Double Fenceline. Gotta love riding on the Peninsula!

Email us or Facebook us to make a time for a visit.

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Mr Haven

Monday, April 23, 2012

April Dig Day

Postponed a week so I could arrive home and settle back in from my awesome European pilgrimage, it was great to be home at Haven again.

I was, however, slightly dismayed at all the growth that had been going on whilst I was away... What happened to winter?! The grass was rampant and one of our pear trees was in full blossom!

So much of the dig day was about clearing back the trail corridor, mowing the roads and Lisa had done a great job of spraying most of the tracks whilst I was away.

I am pleased to say everything is looking sparkly and manicured and with a week or two of settled weather on the radar, it's a perfect time for riding... If you fancy a bit of night riding, it's good fun here too, not too many possums to play with though. The long days of summer are definitely gone.

But wait, that's not all, we have a brand new track finished as well, the Paddock Racer, 338m of flat fun that cries out to be raced at full speed. See if you can get round the all corners at full noise without touching your brakes! The exit may or may have a fun obstacle built to get over the fence - we haven't decided yet. It's just been sprayed so will get faster and faster as the grass dies off. We have plans afoot to plant this out over winter as well, so it will be a forest in no time.

We have had plenty of visitors coming round and joining up and a bunch of people renewing their membership, thanks for the support, we appreciate it. We are just starting to hit our bootstraps, long may it continue.

We have an established network of trails enough to keep the most ardent rider happy and cunning plans for a lot more fun trails and the skills and picnic area should be completed this year.

Spread the word, make contact and come out for a hoon.
Mr Haven