Route: Christchurch to Methven to Lake Tekapo to Omarama to Wanaka to Queesntown
This time, I rented a bike. I didn’t want the hassle of boxing my bike that time mainly because I didn’t have time to box it. I wanted to make it to Geraldine, but I took off late in the morning and couldn’t make it. The road was quite, great scenery and about 93475245 goats in the surrounding fields. I took route 77 after being on the 73 for a bit. Mostly flat, very enjoyable ride and a great introduction to New Zealand from the saddle. Arriving in Methven, I could only find a single accommodation available for the night; a very spacious 4 bedrooms house where winter and snow junkies stay put for a few weeks during winter thanks to the slopes not far from Methven.
It was an early start the next morning; 160kms where waiting ahead. Lake Tekapo was the goal. Once again, the scenery was spectacular. Quiet road and incredible riding. That’s what kept me riding, I should’ve drink and eat more more because once in Fairlie I almost fainted. After a quick 15 minutes nap, I took off once again. Thank god for the tailwind that pushed and kept the pace at 30km/h, I made it to Lake Tekapo just after sunset.
I rode along the Tekapo canal the next day, giving a view on Mount Cook. The water in the canal was crystal blue, connected on Lake Pukaki where the mountains are pouring into. Off the main Tekapo-Twizel road, the traffic was inexistant. Brillant cycling heading towards the mountains with mount cook in the view.
The Lindis Pass was another highlight on that trip. The lanscape looks like another planet; no trees, rocks, yellow grass all covered by a thick fog. From a distance the mountains looks like they’ve been purposely sculptured, sometimes in perfect symmetry.
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