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NZ Tour 2005: Omarama

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Did not enjoy the backpackers, probably should have camped a bit out of town but such is life, I did get a pile of CDs burnt (and the portable burner is a joke). Left about 7, cruised down to the info centre by the hydro canal then rode the canal for a bit. Directions mildly confusing, so reverted to the road. Went into Twizel, shopped a bit then on to Omarama. Omarama is where the glider kids go, but the useful thing for me was the weather forecast. Southerly change = not pleasant. After a 10km stint into a headwind I decided that I really needed dinner (a 125km day), so I did that then decided that I was going to wimp out and stay in the farm labourers cottage "backpackers". The only exciting bit was the farm dogs not being used to bikes... nor the farmer. A little sign by the door of the house says "just stay in your car if the dogs bother you, we'll come out". Luckily dogs don't bother me. Anyway, good night's sleep and a day of planning notes in my journal. I shall head for the Otago Rail Trail.


Cool clouds in the Mackenzie CountryCool clouds in the Mackenzie Country
I didn't ride up to the Hermitage, i've been there before and I didn't feel like 200km of riding just to go back. If i was set up for a week of walking around the hills it'd be different, but there's not a lot of hammock parking up that way.I didn't ride up to the Hermitage, I've been there before and I didn't feel like 200km of riding just to go back. If i was set up for a week of walking around the hills it'd be different, but there's not a lot of hammock parking up that way.
The road, on the other hand, is pretty wild.The road, on the other hand, is pretty wild.
The canal. Water is used for power generation. It's off the main road and gently downhill, but I turned off the first time it got to a road because it's not very exciting.The canal. Water is used for power generation. It's off the main road and gently downhill, but I turned off the first time it got to a road because it's not very exciting.
What is it with the clouds up here? I know there's mountains in the roaring forties and that makes for dramatic weather, but the clouds are just freaky.What is it with the clouds up here? I know there's mountains in the roaring forties and that makes for dramatic weather, but the clouds are just freaky.
In the carpark at the tourist trap, I mean "info centre" I met this guy who was cycle touring on a really cheap bike with hardly any gear. Not like me at all. But he had a guide book, so I started riding the canal road based on that.In the car park at the tourist trap, I mean "info centre" I met this guy who was cycle touring on a really cheap bike with hardly any gear. Not like me at all. But he had a guide book, so I started riding the canal road based on that.