GISBORNE – NAPIER (19-23/01/09)Wpisał Bobuszka, data Luty 1st, 2009
Rather nice flat boring straight road out of Gisborne along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Bit of excitement when picnic lunch interrupted by a thunderstorm. Monster hill but rewarded with great views.
Heard the one about the red sheep? No – this is not a communist joke.
Somewhere before Mohaka Viaduct
we were stopped by a guy who recognised the Scottish flag and told us about Bothy Backpackers only 20 km further on and run by a Scotsman who gives a free beer to anyone who arrives by bike.
As the bothy was expected to be occupied by a bunch of rowdy yahoos we were upgraded to inside the house. Ahhh the luxury of a real bed with a real bedclothes and a really nice soft mattresses. Thanks Hamish! And daughter Catriona for the bangers and mash dinner. My friends in South Wales may share my feelings that the gorge and railbridge are reminiscent of Symond’s Yat and the Crumlin Viaduct.) We had some good fortune upon leaving Bothy Backpackers when another visitor offered to take our panniers to Napier in his car. Thanks John. It made the ride that day via the Devil’s Elbow that bit easier and more enjoyable.
Interesting piece of folk art on road fence.
Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style after an earthquake in 1931. My impression is that it’s full of Irish Pubs!