29.03.2016 - 29.03.2016 15 °C
A tough altitude day lay ahead. We slept well, and enjoyed the cooked breakfast (like we needed it after rib eye and duck confit last night!)
We were second to last to leave, pretty happy not to have the group of ten directly ahead of us. It was overcast, with rain up the top of the lake. The off road track was bumpy, and the track idled along the side of the range. We gradually climbed, then climbed some more. Slow and steady. But it was a whoop of delight when we reached the highest point. 900m, a climb of 450m for us that morning.
The downhill was bumpy too. But such a buzz! So much fun heading down. We ate our packed lunch just before we joined the road. Wow, a gravel road seemed like such luxury! And more downhill, for 18km! I couldn't help but notice how much braver I was on this surface after a couple of days riding. Down we continued, then joined a heavenly sealed road. It felt so smooth. The scenery changed from tussock to farm, merino sheep looked up at us as we whizzed past.
We arrived in Omarama about 3pm, just as our bag arrived. Perfect. Shower, then to the local for one in the sun. Yes, the sun came out now! We shopped at the 4 square, and headed back to the campsite for a sundowner and a quiet dinner. (I really had aimed to go to the hotpools under the stars, but at $90, really???)