Posted by: paulgilders | December 16, 2012

Central Otago

After so much hilly cycling, we left Te Anau relieved to have flatter terrain ahead. We sped across the countryside through Lumsden and Gore.

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The campsite at Lumsden was not crowded!
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We didn’t have good weather all the time – we stopped in the town of Tapanui, where we had thunder and hale. Fortunately, we met Jackie and Alistair, who stopped to offer us a bed for the night – wonderful hospitality!
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At Alexandria, we joined the Central Otago Rail trail – a destination for cyclists wishing to get off the road and enjoy some reasonable gradients.
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The route has many bridges – all a bit shakey on the bike!
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Of course, there are also tunnels – not very long, but very dark – we struggled to see even with our lights on.
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We eventually reached the small village of Oterahua where we stayed in the nicest backpacker/ campground. We were the only ones there.
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