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Old Ghost Road Ride

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By Captain_Spong - Posted on 01 December 2012

Saturday, 8 December, 2012 - 07:00

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12 hours
Come Rain or Shine: 
If it's raining, I won't be there.
Meeting Point: 

Carpool from Nelson to Lyell


Ok, so for those of you that don’t know, “The Old Ghost Road” is part of the national cycleway project and follows the old miners track from Lyell in the Buller Gorge through to Seddonville.
While this track is not finished or officially open yet, progress has been good and several huts and track sections are already in place. I have contacted the project managers and had the following response regarding my asking if we are able to ride the first section from Lyell up to the Lyell Saddle.

Hi Steve. You can certainly ride from Lyell up to the Lyell Saddle, which makes a great day trip (17km each way). Crews are still working on the track beyond but you should be able to make your way up Bald Hill for some splendid views.
Have a great ride!

So with the ok to go, we are planning to do a day trip next Saturday (December 8th) to ride the 17k in and then back out (plus a bit further if we want). We will be leaving early (around 7ish) to start riding at about 9. Aiming to summit around midday and be back home around 6ish.
The track follows an old dray road, and the gradient is not too bad. Consider the Coppermine climbs 870m in 20km and this climbs 750m in 17km so I guess we can get an idea of the overall gradient from that as being very similar in both climb and distance.

So if you are interested in joining us can you please let me know as soon as possible, and give me an idea if you are able to take your own vehicle, and if so how many passengers you can take, or if you require a lift. I will then try and organise a carpool for this. Please let me know by Thursday evening at the latest as I will finalise things then.

I am going and have room for a couple more in my vehicle, who else?

You can visit the Old Ghost Road website at

and see their promotional video at

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I could take my own vehicle plus two others or happy to share with some one else.

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