Out into the Wild West
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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'Peddlers Paradise' showed that although a short day we faced a lot of steep hills and it wasn’t wrong. The hills are very steep here and after yesterday’s enormous pass our legs were not feeling too perky. Yet more ridiculously spectacular scenery kept us going but when we stopped for our first break by the serene Lake Hawea we had to munch down a packet of gingernuts to boost the flagging energy levels.
The next blast to lunch included more steep climbs, but after crossing over 'The Neck’, a pass separating Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, we picnicked in the sun overlooking the snowy mountain/brilliant blue lake vista
The last 14 miles should have been a fairly flat hours blast, but a powerful headwind after lunch made it a tough 2hr slog. Nevermind, we arrived in the tiny township of Makarora at 3.30pm and set up in the lovely lodge campsite very happily. It’s a funny place, apparently with a population of 60, but we can’t see any houses apart from the cabins in the camping ground. The shop in the campsite is the local shop, and the attached bar, the only pub.
After another boiling hot Kiwi shower we headed to the bar for a warming drink by the fire. Mikey mentioned to the friendly barman we were on bikes, and after he gave us lots of info on the route ahead, the chef came out and gave us 4 pies!
We’ve just scoffed two each for our supper in front of the log burner in the kitchen (with some healthy cauliflower) – delicious and just what we needed to fuel us up for tomorrow’s challenge, the Haarst Pass. In the Kitchen we met some friendly Canadians who gave us some great ideas for our route and sadly let us know that campsites in Canada are not the 5* luxury we’ve grow accustomed to here!
We’re now back in the cosy bar, finally updating this blog and watching the 30 backpackers who’ve just turned up in a coach. The barman says that they arrive 3x a week on the Kiwi Experience bus and should be singing karaoke and dancing on the tables later! Might go to bed before then…
Miles cycled: 42 and the hills keep coming!