Jan 2, 2012

Distance today = 51.05 km; Total distance = 93.33 km; Location = near Clyde –  45 08′ 36.5″′ S, 169 19′ 05.42″″ E; Start time = 0951, Finish time = 1605.

I had a great sleep last night, which was much needed. However, with the time zone difference, I wasn’t on the road until nearly 10 am. Ran through the Kawerau and Cromwell Gorges, which are quite spectacular. The strong headwind made things a little difficult, but it helped to keep the temperature down.

I am now about 7 km short of Clyde. Tomorrow I’ll join the Otago Central Rail Trail at Clyde, and follow it for about 150 km. This will be a pleasant change from the last two days, with the high levels of traffic along roads that have incredibly narrow verges. I was constantly having to turn sideways to narrow my profile as cars squeezed by me.

Staying a second night with Roger and Christine Sharp – what a great place, made even better by the fantastic hosts. Looking forward to them accompanying me the next few days on their bikes, along with Tim and Katie. But, before that, some lovely red wine with which to conclude the day.