A Memorial for Mia

1 08 2010

Back in January, on State Highway 3 between Bulls and Turakina on a wide, and should have been safe, part of the road, German cycle tourist Mia Pusch, was struck by a truck and killed. She was only 19 and she was so far from home.

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Manawatu and Rangitikei Links

12 01 2010

Update : Here’s a cool site called Manawatu Trails. The site has a collection of Back Country trails, Mountain bike trails and Back Country Tours that allow you to experience the best riding and scenery around the Lower North Island of New Zealand, including Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu, Tararua, Wairarapa and Horowhenua.

If you’ve been riding north out of Wellington on an early approximation of the National Cycleway  and you’ve ridden through the Horowhenua, north of Himatangi (which you can get to on the Foxton Cycleway) there’s the beach ride to Tangimoana and onto Marton, and Mangaweka and Taihape. For maps and descriptions see Rangitikei Cycleways

For the Manawatu here is the Standard’s description of places to ride around Palmerston North and as far south as Levin: Bicycle Bonanza such as along the river in Palmie:

It seems to be the similar info as provided by some Mountain Bikers from Massey University

And likewise from the Manawatu Standard here’s a report on the progress of the Palmie to Feilding cycleway. Fielding is just one back road wth a big hill from Marton.

On the PNCC website there’s a map of Palmie City Bikeways and some of the Walkways can be ridden.