13 July 2011

The Otago Rail Trail

Catherine Starting off in the Mist
Towards the end of our South Island sojourn we did this trip over four days.  Catherine, who is not a regular cyclist, was apprehensive but she did well.  Her training paid off. We started off from Clyde on a cold foggy morning and ended up with a cold southerly and strong cross wind but had good weather throughout the middle of the trip.  My worst moment was walking into a rock lining one of the tunnels - despite walking and using a torch. It was the glare of the tunnel exit ahead that got me.

Karearea - NZ Falcon



One of the highlights of the trip for me was sighting  NZ Bush Falcons at the start of the Poolburn Gorge.  One let me get close enough to take a reasonable photo. Other highlights were the warm pub (arrived at in the southerly) at Hyde and visiting Dave and Jane Whittaker, friends at Naseby.  Fancy living in yet another paradise!


"Grahame Sydney's Railway Shed"






Old Omakau Railway Shed