Friday, March 14, 2014

Day 14 - Dunedin -> Otaga Peninsula -> Middlemarch -> St Bathans.

265km - 3 hrs : 51 minutes ride time.

After saying our farewells to Roera & Debbie who had to leave early for work, we finished our leisurely breakfast, packed our gear and headed off for another days riding.

Wind had dropped overnight and day was fine and warm.
Before heading back inland, we did a tour round Otaga Peninsula.
Great ride round the side of the harbour and its entrance channel. Dunedin is built inside the caldera of a drowned volcano, with the channel to the sea protected on all sides by hills.
Spectacular riding, with great views back to the city and surrounding hills. Paused at the Albatross Sanctuary, which was unfortunately closed until later in the day. Continued back over the top of Otaga Peninsula and into Dunedin to pick up a spare headlight globe for Ursula's bike then on back inland as the weather turned cool, with squally showers. Lunch in Middlemarch then on to St Bathan - an old gold mining town tucked away in the hills of Central Otaga. The squally weather passed and we have clear skies again.
Camped in the domain after a quick beer at the lone hotel in what is now a virtual ghost town in the middle of nowhere.
Tomorrow we need to start heading north. Forecast is for bad weather on Saturday evening/ Sunday, with heavy rain and gales. We may need to seek sanctuary to wait out the storm.....

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