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Day 6: Duntroon to Oamaru

overcast 15 °C

The final day of our epic ride. And it was a tough one. 55km, with at least two climbs, before the final descent to sea level. We breakfasted at the cottage and were on the road shortly after 9am. It was a grey day, and at time there were spots of rain. It stayed just as a threat for most of the day. After a nice flat 5km warm-up, were started to climb the first of the hills. There was a stopping point halfway up - a geological site - Elephant Rocks.

Too grey to hang around, we climbed on the bikes and steadily climbed some more. The track then went off piste, through some farms. It went through a cool gully, but then we had to push the bikes up a zigzag to get above the gully. Quite pretty, but very knackering. Then along a ridge and through some more farms.

We left behind the limestone cliffs, and then into rolling farmland. Rolling being a kind way of saying there continued to be lots of ups. Pete came close to losing his temper, but then we had an amazing downhill coast that was quite magic. There was a picnic spot at the bottom - not exactly pretty, but it had a loo, drinking water tap and a table. And, 27km of the day complete.

Next up was a 450m railway tunnel. It was dark, and I find them disorientating, even with our lights on. But - something unusual to add to the day. Then more rolling countryside! Most of it was on secondary roads, and we whizzed through the countryside. I have to admit, it was a relief to get to a sign at Weston, saying 5.7km to the end! And even better, we were on the final 100m of descent. First on the old railway line, and then down some back streets of Oamaru. Into the public gardens, and to the end, beside the Pacific Ocean at Oamaru harbour. We made it!!!

We celebrated with a couple of beers and a pizza at Scotts Brewery, right on the waterfront. It was a pleasant spot - even though the weather kept us indoors. Then back to the campsite, collected Chalkie, and showered to revive ourselves.

We had a nice evening in Oamaru - Scotts again, and then to the Criterion for a yummy meal and some wine. We chatted with a couple who had also just completed the trail, before calling it a night. Happy with our achievement.

Posted by kkoopmanschap 18:04 Archived in New Zealand

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