Getting away from Timaru on Friday night took longer than normal, seven bikes had to be loaded onto vehicle bikeracks, in practice quite a slow process. Then a drive to Twizel and Alpine Energy’s cottage where we based ourselves for the weekend.
Saturday morning with grotty weather, so what to do? Drove to Lake Oahu with bikes, unloaded them, weather still deteriorating, so pedalled up to the Lodge and a cup of coffee. Weather outlook still not encouraging, so back on the bikes and headed back to Twizel via the lake edge, over the weir, then along the canal road back to our accommodation, 40km in all. Cold and wet by this stage, some of us gave up, hardier souls continued up to Pukaki.
Sunday dawned, clear and sunny. Drove back to Ohau lodge. Bikes unloaded and shuttling of vehicles, then onto the bike track.A well graded track although track surface was noticeably rough especially for those without mountain bikes. But great conditions and wonderful views otherwise, and a tail wind pushing us southwards. 20 km to Quailburn woodshed, where we had a lunch snack, then a downhill glide of 20 km to Omarama. Most of the party carried on cycling to Sailors Cutting, another 17 km.
Special thanks to John for sacrificing his biking for vehicle shuttling, it made things a lot easier.
Those participating: Colin, Judy, Barry, Owen,Catherine, John and Rob