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A cruisy day despite the uphill, and the Buller Gorge is always a nice place to ride through. I still marvel at the Shag Point cutout that was originally done with hand tools. Got to join the latte set for a while then camped in a more or less official camp area. Mosquitoes!


The Buller River.The Buller River.
Random tandem photo.Random tandem photo.
Drying my washing. Cars Hold Up Traffic!Drying my washing. Cars Hold Up Traffic!
A tui. There were quite a few around and I could hear them a lot. But getting a photo... not easy. More info Dept of Conservation Tui pagesA tui. There were quite a few around and I could hear them a lot. But getting a photo... not easy. More info Dept of Conservation Tui pages
Almost an oxbow at Hawks Crag.Almost an oxbow at Hawks Crag.
Tour bus going through the cut at Hawks Crag (Buller Gorge). Slowly, partly because big trucks use this road too.Tour bus going through the cut at Hawks Crag (Buller Gorge). Slowly, partly because big trucks use this road too.
The cut seen from the side. This was first made by hand to take stagecoaches!The cut seen from the side. This was first made by hand to take stagecoaches!
Random cycle tourists - they were heading down the gorge.Random cycle tourists - they were heading down the gorge.
Had a pleasant couple of hours in the shop at Inangahua Junction with a couple of merkins and a canuk. Sat round and chatted while eating until the owner kicked us out so she could close the shop.Had a pleasant couple of hours in the shop at Inangahua Junction with a couple of merkins and a canuk. Sat round and chatted while eating until the owner kicked us out so she could close the shop.
Czech? guy who didn't speak english at all that I could tell. He had an interesting rack with a mount for a small pack on one side (with the stand under it). Quite cool, but his bike was cheap which is a bit of a contrast to the usual cycle tourists (Germans and merkins for the most part, who tend to have newish expensive toys).Czech? guy who didn't speak English at all that I could tell. He had an interesting rack with a mount for a small pack on one side (with the stand under it). Quite cool, but his bike was cheap which is a bit of a contrast to the usual cycle tourists (Germans and merkins for the most part, who tend to have newish expensive toys).
A virtually tame bird. This one let me walk right up to it and take photos - the limit was how close I could focus the long lens (1.4m!)A virtually tame bird. This one let me walk right up to it and take photos - the limit was how close I could focus the long lens (1.4m!)
A not-quite-so-tame bird.A not-quite-so-tame bird.
I pitched the hammock inside this shed and spent time inside marvelling at the sheer number of mosquitoes. Cooking dinner was not much fun, I got bitten a lot. The site is an old minig town called Lyell that's long abandoned.I pitched the hammock inside this shed and spent time inside marvelling at the sheer number of mosquitoes. Cooking dinner was not much fun, I got bitten a lot. The site is an old mining town called Lyell that's long abandoned.