Rail Trail day 3

25 Apr

Feeling: tired and a bit sore
Distance travelled: 33 km
Average speed: not sure because I accidentally had Runkeeper going when we were in the van coming back from Naseby! Estimate around 17 km/h.

Who would have thought the fun factor associated with biking would increase exponentially when one switches from uphill to downhill terrain? We passed the highest point on the trail this morning after a short (not that it felt short at the time) climb out of Oturehua and it felt AWESOME gunning it downhill into Wedderburn. The weather hasn’t been as kind to us today – it was pretty cold, and quite windy at times.

We cycled downhill to Ranfurly where we stopped at the pub for lunch before being picked up to take a detour to Naseby to give curling a go. A sport that I’ve thought looked completely ridiculous when I’ve seen it on TV was actually loads of fun. Hilarious watching each of us initially attempt the slide delivery of the stone, but everyone managed to get the hang of it in the end. And, my team won.

There’s been lots of lovely old buildings to look at and photograph today. Ranfurly has several art deco style buildings and Naseby is like taking a step back in time. A time where stores didn’t have snazzy made up trading names, but just the owners surname and the stores purpose clearly displayed.

After getting back to Ranfurly we had a short, but cold, journey to our final stop for the day in Waipiata. The colours of this Central Otago landscape in the late afternoon sun were absolutely stunning.

We have fabulous accommodation at the Waipiata Country Hotel, with the whole guest wing to ourselves. We arrived and the fire was already roaring in the guest lounge, and all our rooms are lovely. We had a great evening meal here too and I’m more than ready for a good nights sleep now.

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