Usually, the journeys I go on with my bike bring me to much that is beautiful and stunning. Today it was mostly exercise and fresh air. I took fotos of things that I would not normally want to show. So, here goes
Todays journey was from my front door. No lugging the bike on my car carrier. No driving.
I headed for Clive along the cycle track which begins about 2kms from my door. Along the backs of buildings and properties until Clive. Around Hohepa farm where I took the first foto.
Only a few years ago this riverbank was willows and poplars. These foreigners have been replace with natives.... flax, cabbage trees and some smaller forest midgets.
This track goes inthe direction of the ocean which is less than 2kms away.
Across the Clive Estuary are the most expensive properties in Clive. Big tall beautiful homes overlooking the water of the estuary.
This is the trail I've come along. It looks back to the Clive village, the bridge over the estuary and the main Hastings - Napier road.
This is the border of Hohepa farm. Silver poplars form a wind break. They are very attractive, but not natives. They thrive in the NZ climate.
Signs of a very recent fire. The white is foam retardant from the fire fighters efforts at dousing the blaze. They must have thought the fire was serious.
The seat of the fire. I wasn't sure what it was but a closer look seemed to indicate the canopy of a ute.
The ute canopy must have been loaded with a lot of junk. There is at least one electric motor plus assorted plastic items.
The fire had spread some distance through the grass. It was obvioulsy just getting a hold.
The grass is tinder dry.
There is a total fire ban at the moment. No further comment is needed!!!!!!!!!
The land here is river silt. Perfect for cropping. Maize grows well here in Hawkes Bay.
Here is the factory that may well bring an end to it all. It makes chemical fertilizer. For a while the crops are bigger, but the soil is gradually reduced to hard lumps.
The bike trail goew along the "stop bank, which is built to prevent the river from flooding the plains during catastrophic rain events. This land along side the rive, between the stop banks is "waste land" but is grazed by cattle. These will eventually be killed for beef.
If the cows eat plenty of roughage, their dung is well formed like a good dough. Example in foto.
Runny dung from a cow that is not utlizing the grass well. Usually seen where there is lots of short sugary grass in spring time., or where there is a use of nitrogen fertilizer.
It was only another 4 kms to go before I was at home again. Not a pretty trail today, but well worth the trouble all the same. Until next time, Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.