Oamaru has rather nice preserved historic docks section of town. Saturday night was spend in Penguins Entertainers Club featuring three bands – all of them heavy metal!!! Fortunately we managed to escape a heavy session when John and Kelly, a couple of locals, took us on a night time walk to see some real live penguins. Thanks guys!
After Oamaru we discovered another pleasant back road away from the traffic with more fords to paddle through although my attempt to cycle across ended in failure. See Ola’s photos for short movie.
Our attempts to avoid busy roads have not always been successful. After Hampden (Scottish football fans will appreciate this place named after our national football stadium), we cycled through Trotters Gorge and Horse Range Summit at 240 metres. It may not seem very high but was one of those steep climbs where the legs did not fully appreciate the steepness until the next day!
As a consequence of the Trotters Gorge detour and the prospect of cycling over Mt Cargill we did not make Dunedin in time for motel with the Sky Rugby Channel so I could watch Scotland v Wales match at 3am. Probably just as well given the score. We did cycle Mt Cargill the following day in very wet, cold, windy, misty conditions with visibility around 100 metres. Temperature on arrival in Dunedin was 14C degrees!