Far South Tour 2014 – Day 5

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Far South Tour 2014 – Day 5

We woke to mist covered mountains this morning. According to some of the early risers, it was clear before we all got up, but who knows if he was pulling our leg or not.

We had a group breakfast in the backpackers kitchen and we were on the road 8.30

if you want a nice place to stay in Mt Cook, call the Mt Cook Backpackers Lodge, it’s about $65 per person, but they are actual motel rooms and it was a bloody nice dinner and a great view. And the staff were lovely!!!!!!

We stopped at Twizel to fill up (dam Kieren didn’t run out!!), and then hit the straights and onto Lindas Pass into Clyde for a coffee.

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After we had a coffee fix we were on the road again towards Ranfurly and down into Middlemarch. If you haven’t done this road, it’s a must! Clean seal, sweeping corners and not a lot of traffic.

We were sitting at the rest stop at Lindis Pass and we saw a VFR800 go past, then a 900 Monster and the BMW GS 1200, we waved (as you do) and they turned around. Turned out it was Jane who travelled with us last year! They were heading for Mt Cook after leaving Alexandra this morning. Was so good to see her and have a quick catch up.

I had a passenger with me today in the van, he kindly let his sister ride his Ducati for the day to give his knees a rest. So while we gossiped and I sung along to the IPod and he enjoyed the scenery, his sister was loving every minute of it.

We had some real luck with the local cops, I spent some time right behind one and we were either flashed by a car or just had some real luck, but we all arrived with zero ticket!

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So we made it to Dunedin by 4pm, found the Hotel and booked in. Highly recommend the Lawscourt Hotel on the corner of State Highway 1 and Stuart Street. They organised the bicycle shop across the road for off street parking, let us do our washing and have teed up the Transport Muesum in Invercargill for us tomorrow.