A month-long ride up to the top of the world’s tallest mountain has helped a man discover the benefits of riding a motorcycle, even if it’s just for a few hours.
Steve Moulton has been riding since the age of seven.
But he had been struggling with back pain and arthritis and had to stop a few times to get up to take care of his sick mother.
When he got back to New Zealand in September, he started using a motorcycle to commute back and forth between his home in South Auckland and his home near Christchurch, New Zealand.
“It’s been very, very enjoyable, but also very painful,” he said.
The idea for the bike ride came about when his mother was in a car accident and Steve got an idea to try and get home on a motorcycle.
“I just had this thought that this was going to be a great idea and then it just clicked,” he told ABC New Zealand’s 〈The Ride〉.
“It was really a no brainer to do this.”
He has ridden up to Mount Olympus every summer since then.
Moulton says he’s used his motorcycle for about eight years and has ridden for about four.
It’s a great exercise for your legs, he says.
Steve has been using a bike to get back and forward up to Mt Olympus, in New Zealand, for the past four years.
He was riding with his friends to a family outing on a weekend last year when they noticed the mountain wasn’t in sight.
“We were about to make our way up the mountain and as we got to the last spot, we saw that there was a lot of snow on the mountain,” he recalled.
“It wasn’t even raining, just a very light drizzle.”
The group decided to take the chance and ride back to the car.
That’s when they realised that they were actually going to need a motorcycle in order to make the hike to the summit.
They took Steve on a few rides to test his skills, including a one-hour ride up the Maungah Highway.
“We couldnt ride as well, but we couldnt drive either,” he says of the first time they rode up Mt Olympus.
We got a really good start, he said, with a few short bursts of speed.
I got into a little bit of a rhythm and then, after a while, I started feeling a little better.
“When he reached the summit, he was still feeling a bit tired, but he was happy with his progress.
But he did notice some things about the ride.
When we started the climb, the snow was still coming down, and it was raining all the time, he told the ABC.
His mother had died in the car crash, and he had to walk up the hill to get home, which was a bit tough.
There was no ice on the snow, so he had a bit of difficulty, he added.
After climbing for four hours, he had his first experience of snow climbing, he remembers.
A few other rides later, he decided to use the bike again for the second ascent.
On the second day, Steve got to start his first ascent, up the Kauri Highway.
It was a little tough at first, but after about two hours of riding, he made it to the start of the summit of Mt Olympus and started making his way up.
And the ride was fantastic.
My legs felt great, he remembered.
While riding up the Mount Olympus, he could see snow coming down.
You could see the snow coming up from the top, but you had to turn around and take a right turn back down the mountain, he thought.
As he made his way back down, he noticed snow falling from the mountain.
At one point, the temperature was freezing.
However, he did have a feeling of being in a snow storm, he recalled, because he felt his legs were hurting.
With his legs feeling a lot better, Steve decided to go back to his car to take a look at his bike.
Once inside the car, he went back to riding on the bike for a bit.
Then, he realised he was getting really tired and decided to get a nap.
So he sat down and started to rest, he admitted.
Before the nap, he used his bike for about 30 minutes and was feeling much better.
Next, he set off for a walk along the highway to check on his progress and check on the weather.
Despite the rain and cold, he managed to ride up Mount Olympus.