Far South Tour 2016 Day 13
Tuesday 22nd of March
Hanmer Springs to Picton, final day in the South Island.
It has gone so quickly, it feels like we have only been away for such a short time. Although from the sound of some of the comments we are getting from our loved ones, we have been away for long enough.
We had our riders briefing this morning at about 8.45 and like the other few days we had a few options to choose from. Our map sheet showed Lewis Pass to Springs Junction, Murchison, St Arnaud and Blenhiem. Our alternate route was up the Inland Kaikoura Road, Kaikoura, Blenhiem and then onto Picton.
7 chose to go via Kaikoura and the rest of us went via Lewis Pass. What a great road! We had a great day for travelling and the road was in good nick. The scenery was amazing through the Beech tree forest, and the first 95km went way to quickly.
We stopped at Springs Junction for a cup of coffee and a snack and then turned right to Murchison. The road was a bit rougher but it was still a good road to be on. Chrissie came with me in the van and Evan and Les swapped bikes so we were gossiping the whole way through and once again the kms just kept on cruising by.
We fuelled up in Murchison and had a look through a 2nd hand store called Dust & Rust. It had all sorts of stuff in there to look at and the building itself was worth taking a look at.
35km later we turned off to St Arnaud and headed for Lake Rotoiti. Most hadn’t been there so we got off the bikes and had a look around. I told them about the eels under the jetty and sure enough, not a much time later the eels made themselves known. Chrissie went and got some bread and the eels went from a few to A LOT!!!
Ken, Tim, Les and Neil then decided to go for a swim, they all ran and jumped off the end of the jetty….and then swam real fast for the shore haha. It was a little cold, but not as cold as their dip at Pelorus at the start of the trip.
We had lunch at St Arnaud and then off we went again towards Blenheim. We carried onto Picton and to our accommodation at Picton Yacht Club. By the time our little group arrived, the others who went through Kaikoura were already there and in the pool or at the bar.
We all met for drinks and group photos before heading into town for tea. It wasn’t a really late night, I. Think all of us had learnt from last trip not to have a big final night, but we had a lot of fun and a few laughs about the trip.
We head for home tomorrow at 8am on the Bluebridge Ferry crossing and most will be heading straight back without another overnight stop. It makes it a long day for us all, so please be patient with us when we get home, we might be shattered and a little grumpy.