28.03.2016 - 28.03.2016 20 °C
We woke relaxed, but a bit sore from our first days efforts. We planned a lazy start as today was shorted, a mere 38km in the saddle.
Breakfast of kings in our room -salmon scrambled eggs - was a perfect start. We timed everything so we were checking out at 10am. The day was overcast, but forecast to clear, so a later start was ideal.
First out a back road of Twizel to the Pukaki canal. Then a wonderful stretch of sealed road along that, and onto the Ohau canal. All the while there was grey sky above, but the sun was fighting to break through. Inch by inch the majestic mountains surrounding us were revealed. The canal because,me glacial aqua and the tussock turned golden.
After 18km we reached Lake Ohau shore. It was a mirror like glass. We had the adventure of riding across a weir (a Ford really, but with a lake on one side. Could only imagine the carnage if it was flooding. A2O has a flood route alternative, so it must happen fairly often. Then there was a great stretch for about ten kminutes on an off road track, right beside the lake. We stopped for a while at a stoney beach to take in the scenery and solitude. The mountains look down on you, and you are in awe of the amazing countryside. Pinch me beautiful. Shh, don't tell anyone.
Round the lake a bit more and we joined the road. A few km on that and we turned off to Lake Ohau village. The added climb did not reward us with a shop, but there was a magic picnic spot, so we lunched on yogurt and peanuts from our bag. A big group of cyclists disturbed our peace, otherwise we would have stayed longer, marveling at the amazing vista. The last 5km of the day to the lodge were the hardest. A brisk breeze had blown up, and of course it was a headwind. Still, we made it!
We arrived in a busy checking time, so instead enjoyed their deck, and some 3 boys IPA. Nice.
We had a fab evening at the lodge. The scenery was magic, beer good, company always great with Pete. We played pool, then called to dinner. It was a shared table, with two other couples. Good storytellers, nice folk. Farm to farm, and couch surfing. .good times.