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Day 79 - Sun. 15th.
Travelled to Moeraki Boulders, named after the round boulders of conglomerate on the beach which fall from the cliffs as they erode. Had delicious blue cod lunch (the place is said to be famous for it's fish & chips).
Through to Oamaru, famous for its limestone warehouse buildings.
Then we passed the Waitaki …
... sheep farmers to honour the dogs that make it possible to graze this harsh terrain.
Having checked into the campsite overlooking the lake, we walked up to the observatory at the top of Mount John, 30 minute walk, 300m ascent through larch trees ... we must be mad ... but had our picnic at the top admiring the view! ...
... Jazz Weekend, it drew us in! There was also the weekly farmers market where we tried the cheese roll, a local delicacy comprising a slice of white bread wrapped round a finger of tasty cheese and heated on a grill till the bread is toasted and the cheese molten ... very tasty with very tasty award winning local cheese, but barely a mouthful!
... hang around the outside for leftovers! Rode with Amanda and Karen who are happy to ride at a slower pace with us and stop for lots of photos too! Great chatting/riding buddies! After 25 kms and we arrived at Lake Pukaki, which was our morning tea stop, but we 4 rode to the lookout to see the pin stocks (?) through which the water flows from the lake. Great views! More than a great morning tea with cake, fruit, slices and plunger coffee, juices!! How do we ...
... with some protection from the wind. As we reached the dam we were confronted by the climb of a hill about 500 meters, average incline I'd say about 10%. We reached the dam gasping for breath to be met a gaggle of old kiwis average age 70 who wanted to discuss the rugby or anything else they beaten Australia. After we'd had enough abuse we proceeded down the other side, 75 kph top speed. Then another 10 km's of headwind to a picnic lunch ...