2 days off here. I like the town and Tim has days off too so we go and see burt Munro’s stuff and a visit around a park with a bird sanctuary and plants.
40ml. After a lovely breakfast and goodbyes to my kind hosts, I go to Waipara point lighthouse on recommendation from the nice farmer’s wife, Pip, and what an interesting place to visit with a very interesting history. It started raining but I loved the small detour. On the way to Invercargill I call in a cafe to shelter from the heavy rain and meet a belgium touring couple who I met at Danceys pass. I have a coffee with them and the rain turns to beautiful sunshine riding into the central holiday camping park. The belgian couple turn up and also Tim from England. I plan a day off tomorrow to see Burt Munro’s memorabilia in town at Hayes hardware store.
Was warned about the bad wind forecast for today so I left the tent at campsite and just set off to do a ride out to slope point, the most southern point of nz south Island. After a few miles I didn’t think the wind was so bad so I turned round and packed all my gear and set off to get to fontrose campsite via a side trip to slope point. Big mistake, the side trip to slope point was very hard hills to get there in bad wind which blew me off. I left the bike at the top of the hill looking down on slope point and hitch hiked to the car park as the wind was so bad. Met a lovely American couple who also gave me a lift back up to the bike. The wind got worse and I stopped at 2 farms to ask if I could camp in a field but no one was about. I went further and was nearly hit with a car as the wind blew me across the road. I decided to camp at the rear of Otara community hall but a lady came in a car and asked what I was doing. ( It’s forbidden to wild camp) I explained it wasn’t safe she told me to wait. Next thing she turns up in a farm pickup truck with a small trailer on the back. Put the bike on there she said and took me to her farm house, gave me accomodation and a chicken dinner. I was drinking a beer, watching rugby an hour later with the husband. Such kind hospitality. It’s like this all over NZ, really kind people.
42ml. Left campsite and joined the Clutha gold trail. This follows the Clutha river down to Lawrence. But after 12km the trail ends and you have to catch a ferry to Roxborough Dam to pick up the trail again. This was $100 so I went back and took the road to the Dam. It was not a pleasant experience. 30km of up and down with no shoulder and quite a lot of traffic. Back on the trail it was great down to Millars flat campsite. A fantastic quiet little site. I went to the cafe for an ice cream before checking in and there was a live band on, so was a good end to the day.
57ml. Steady day but came off the Alps to ocean path as it’s not finished in places. Passed lots of lake’s and beautiful scenery. Got to Duntroon and decided to get to Danceys pass camping before the rain. Big mistake, got my waterproofs out after 10mins. After pitching the tent, when I arrived at the campsite, I dried my clothes in the dryer and was bone dry in my tent on a Very wet night.
46ml. Met a lovely Canadian couple at the campsite and was great to share stories and they gave me some food and beer. Happy days. After saying goodbye to Chris and Kim I called in at Twizel for some food and a new chain. Made it to a freedom camping spot and a young Dutch couple invited me to share tea with them. Had a wash in the river before bedding down in my cosy tent.