Friday, 25 March 2016

Day 2 Tuatapere to Bluff and home to Queenstown

Stunning scenes, lots of history, typical sheep farming landscapes...

We are really enjoying being back on the road again.
Come along for the ride and see what caught my eye today.

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I used an iPhone as my camera for all the photos on this trip.

Strong winds blow in from the south.
All the way from Antarctica.

 Te Waewae Bay.

 Every intersection on this Southern scenic route has directional arrows to remind tourists turning on to the highway to keep left.
A welcome break at Riverton. 
We visited the Te Hikoi Museum. We learned lots about early Maori, sealers, millers, Titi(Shearwater). Lots of human interest stories. Right up my alley.

In Invercargill we visited eHayes and Son ltd, probably the biggest hardware store in New Zealand.
It certainly has the best welcome.
The star attraction is Burt Munro's 1920 600cc Indian Scout in which he established the land speed record  at Bonneville Salt Flats, USA  - 308km/hr.
When we were riding in the USA in 2012 and 2015 many people asked us about The World's Fastest Indian a  NZ movie directed by Roger Donaldson starring Anthony Hopkins.

This Chain sculpture by sculptor Russell Beck at Bluff represents the anchor chain of the waka - the South island. It has a twin sculpture that  holds on to the anchor stone  which is  Stewart island - Rakiura. The twin sculpture is located at the entrance to Rakiura National Park.

Orlanda  at Stirling Point the southernmost drivable point of the South island, New Zealand. 
She is heading north. 
London is 18958km away.

Lots of homes in Bluff are flying the NZ Flag. 
Postal voting for the Flag referendum is underway.

Homeward bound in fading light along the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu.

Shafts of light from the setting sun on the Remarkables welcome us home.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

On the Road again

We are proposing to go on a long,  long ride in late May, 2016.

We are planning some rides on Orlanda in New Zealand as preparation.  

This trip takes us through the backcountry around the Eyre Mountains in the Wakatipu region near Queenstown. 
We cross lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak, then ride to Mt Nicholas and through the Von Valley to Mavora Lakes and Lake Manaouri to Tuatapere.
The reward is meal of Blue Cod and Oysters at the Waiau Hotel at Tuatapere.

Its a good day for a ride...

 Orlanda takes Dick aboard  Earnslaw.
 Its another gorgeous day in Queenstown. We have had an extraordinarily sunny summer.
 We disembark at Walter Peak and ride along Lake Wakatipu to Mt Nicholas Station.

We are sharing the road today with lots of cyclists who are riding the Round the Mountain Bicycle trail.
 This is an isolated farming district. We are fortunate that there is a well-formed road. Something that the early settlers who built this homestead would not have had.
 We ride through big wide open valleys...
 .. and take a side trip to Mavora Lakes.

Clouds appear as we arrive in Tuatapere. 
We discover that we have been fortunate - a southerly gale has blown through toward the east.

Our home for the night is  Waiau Hotel at Tuatapere.  A dozen Bluff oysters are Dick's reward.  Fresh blue cod is mine.