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Hog Burn

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    • Day 38

      Clyde to Omakau...first leg

      February 18, 2019 in New Zealand

      First leg of the trail under our belt with the fortune of good weather and good times. History galore, tiny little towns, scenery at every turn, railway stories, people stories.

      Towns developed around the gold rush, railway came along with the usual winners and losers. And once truck transport made the railway obsolete, the rail trail took over and the little towns adapted to a different clientele.

      Kilometers traveled today...40. Now that may not seem much to some hard core cyclists but you need to understand the situation. A gravel track means more resistance than road riding. Wind is a factor and can almost topple you at the cross. And the mid-morning flat white and lunchtime all takes time 😋.

      We had a whole house to ourselves last night in Omakau...and we were tuckered. The Old Commercial Hotel drove us back to our place after dinner when the rain started...part of the deal!
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    • Day 39

      No rest for the riders!

      February 19, 2019 in New Zealand

      Jam-packed day with crazy scenery.  More cute towns...Ophir has the oldest working post office in the country. The town has 58 residents...3 are Canadian 🇨🇦...what are they doing way down here??) People generally pick up their mail at the post office but the postmaster will deliver along her way home too. Except that time the cabbage wouldn't fit in the mailbox and it had to wait for pickup...true story! 🤣.

      Hayes engineering works...amazing inventions, nine children raised in  a three room cottage, then a grand house built with fortunes made. You have to see this place. Some of it reminds me of Grampa Brown's workshop 🔧🔧🔧🔧🛠️🛠️🛠️🛠️🛠️🔧🔧.

      Fairly long uphill trek, to be rewarded with a 4 km downhill where Kirsten didn't peddle once!  

      A van tour at the end of day to St. Bathans..old Irish mining town. Explore the old buildings, relive the times thru photos and stories.  Terry, our driver, has the local knowledge...the Angus cattle do well in the highlands...that sheep herd has the best merino wool bound for Italian tailors.  Then Cambria...just down the road.. a Welsh mining town. (Why couldn't the Irish and Welsh have got together here, so far away from home?)  Cambria has 6 full time residents. Bob is one....and one of a kind. A totally entertaining walk around his property.  Sequoia-ringed meadow. Student woofers that help out in return for room and board. Feeding the ducks. History, ecology, warmth, humour.. a lovable, unique character.

      51 km later, add-on tour, dinner out... we'll sleep well...
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    • Day 23


      November 26, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Gleich nach dem Ende der Schiffsfahrt am Milford-Sound fuhren wir weiter nach Naseby. In diesem kleinen Ort scheint die Zeit vor hundert Jahren stehen geblieben zu sein. Eine der wenigen modern anmutenden Gebäude ist die Curling-Halle. Da wir mit 8 Leuten die optimale Anzahl für ein Match hatten, konnten wir uns diese Gelegenheit natürlich nicht entgehen lassen. Curling ist übrigens um einiges schwieriger, aber auch sehr viel unterhaltsamer als man das vom Zusehen im Fernsehen erwarten würde.Read more

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