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Starting from the center of Murchison by the pub, Fairfax street is the only street that heads South out of town. As you follow Fairfax Street and pas[See the full post at: Maruia Saddle]
Was guided through here at the weekend, two of us on old Norton’s.
A great little ride.
The forested area closer to Springs Junction is one of the prettiest rides you’ll find anywhere. Sure, it doesn’t have vast mountain panoramas but it does have a wonderful forest with little streams every few km.
The forest road is banked heavily but don’t be tempted to cut corners around the really tight bits; the locals use this road a lot and traffic is common.
The more open roads at the Murchison end are OK but pretty straight and bloody dusty if there’s traffic. If you’re there in Summer you’re going to have to have a BIG gap between yourself and the next bike to avoid breathing their dust.
Rode from south end to Murchison on way back from brass monkey. Great diversion from traffic .
Rode as a loop from Murchison, and back on the SH, 2hrs round trip. Very nice run, with the saddle road being the more interesting. Surface was quite loose and sandy in a few places, but stream crossings firm. Saddle point itself is harder to discern coming from the east, as one seems to go up and down for a bit before dropping to the western side. Sign on a tree helpfully marks the point.
Rode it last week in the rain. Two loaded whales managed it easy. Very little water in the crossings even though it had been raining since the day before.
Disappointingly visors got wet so we couldn’t take advantage of the big bikes on the superb gravel on the way into Murch…No speed limits broken.