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Woke up, rode a few km to find somewhere in the sun to cook rice for breakfast. Stopped at the Burkes Pass Cemetary, resting place for a fair few mountaineers. The pass is short and reasonably steep, but nothing like Porters Pass or Otira Gorge (in Arthur's pass), so I breeze up that. At the bottom I'm taking photos and a bunch of merkins come past, then they pass me again at the top as I'm taking more photos. Quite amusing. Rest day in tekapo and it's a tourist town, so I'm in the backpackers. Rode up to Mt John Observatory for sunset, then back down (now *that* is a hill :)


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It's a high plain. Dry. High. Hot. Ah!It's a high plain. Dry. High. Hot. Ah! (5.5MB)
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Gary Ball's grave, cemetary at Burke Pass, Mackenzie CountryGary Ball's grave, cemetery at Burke Pass, Mackenzie Country
Burke Pass near Tekapo, NZ. Merkins on tandems starting up the hill.Burke Pass near Tekapo, NZ. Merkins on tandems starting up the hill.
Burke Pass near Tekapo, NZBurke Pass near Tekapo, NZ
Two tandem-loads of Merkins who took a bit longer than I did to climb the hill ;-)Two tandem-loads of Merkins who took a bit longer than I did to climb the hill ;-)
The plateau bit of the Mackenzie. Just past Burke Pass near Tekapo, NZThe plateau bit of the Mackenzie. Just past Burke Pass near Tekapo, NZ
Another cycle tourist just outside Tekapo, New ZealandAnother cycle tourist just outside Tekapo, New Zealand
The chapel at TekapoThe chapel at Tekapo
View over the alter in the chapel at TekapoView over the alter in the chapel at Tekapo
Statue of Mackenzie's dog at Tekapo, New ZealandStatue of Mackenzie's dog at Tekapo, New Zealand
A duck. The water really is that colour.A duck. The water really is that colour.