Through The Rolling Buller Gorge
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Kiwi Holiday Park
Cycling back along the track to the main road really highlighted why the owners had spent so much time and love setting up this place. It was beautiful and the perfect start to our 9th consecutive day on the bikes.
The first 10 miles to Westport were easy. Infact, we didn't head into Westport, instead taking the inland road to Murchison. At this point it became tougher with a head wind and hills. However, without food we knew we had to get to the junction to eat
The 30 miles through The Buller Gorge were lovely. It was a pretty fierce river running through but the road was quiet and relatively flat allowing us time to talk. Our conversation became more and more food orientated as the miles past and with stomachs rumbling we hot the junction. A couple of stranded hitchhikers assured us that there was a dairy around the corner. A mile on and we were worried ut then we saw the village stores. And what village stores they were. Jacky welcomed us with open arms and quickly cooked up a ham and camembert sandwich…with chips god damn’it.
The afternoon was much harder. 33 miles left until Murchison and the hills kept coming. It rained and in the shadows of the hills cycling was cold. We had a good couple of chocolate stops, the first involved filming The Haka for a birthday message and the second was all about swiping sand flies.
Arriving in Murchison was most pleasing, our legs were done, but the evening sun on the hillsides distracted us nicely. Unfortunately the lack of cash machines continues and we are scraping our way through on plastic. No matter, the supermarket provided all we needed for a great carbonara and the evening was spent Skyping those back home with birthdays. Happy Birthday to George and of course my wonderful sisters. 30 today (x2 =60) Happy 60th Ray and Lau
Miles Cycled: 66 and that is a very long way in New Zealand