Tuesday, 6 November 2012
This is the cyanide tank base.
At least the cyanide was reclaimed for re-use, but much was still in the tailings, with arsenic and zinc, and these were flushed into the river with the sludge down the tail race.
you have rock on one side, and a large drop on the other....ok I wimped out!! I couldn't guarantee that I wouldn't wobble and over-compensate.......so I walked and pushed the bike!
There were wooden bridges too, with the track handlebar wide and the sides elbow height....aaaargh!!!! They also flexed....which is good in an earthquake zone, but didn't do anything for my nerves!
The ride back from there was done on a bike route built on old railway lines, a project organized by the government and partly paid for out of his own pocket by the prime minister, John Keys. Now there is a good example!!