8pm Murchison pub
Just waiting for my “Hampden burger” at the pub/hotel/restaurant/takeaway here in Murchison and enjoying a pint of Monteiths cider. I Don’t feel I quite deserve such a calorific feast as I have not exactly bust a gut today. I’ve been in Murchison since 1pm and only cycled about 45km, and that was mostly downhill.
Reason being I met up with Lionel here about 4.30pm , he’d come up from
Nelson on his motor bike after he had seen his clients for the day. As my spiritual guru he brought me a book to read, “the power of now” by by Eckhart Tolle.
Still, it gave me plenty of time to savour the now of a flat white and have hours in the sunshine to meander around the town and I quite enjoyed a trip to the museum of Murchison. The town used to be called Hampden (hence name of my burger which has now arrived and been devoured) but it was changed in the 1880s to avoid confusion with another Hampden in Otago. The great thing about the museum was that it was all recent history I.e the last 150 years of settlement. There were displays of the dentist’s chair and drill from the 1950s, the hairdressers shampoo and set head thingy from around same period and the old telephone exchange which only went obsolete in the 1970s. The 2 lovely old ladies looking after the museum were probably older than all but one or two of the museum contents! The town suffered a devastating earthquake in 1929 and there was a lot of pictures and news articles from the time showing the rubble and sad loss of life.
I had a good look round the I site which is sadly due to close this year because of cut backs and will be replaced by a kiosk, and where I updated and published the blog from yesterday for you my dear reader. I also went to the library only to find there had been no power or internet all day as it had not been switched on from Christchurch!?
The morning had passed perfectly. After marvelling at the early frost from the warmth of the woodburner I got off before 10 and said aufweidersehn to Sabina and Johanna who were heading to Greymouth later on today. The day was cool crisp and clear, totally blue skies and I was heading downhill.
Sometimes I need to pinch myself that I am doing what I’m doing as it is just so nice here, …… I know its sickening isn’t it. Even my knees were feeling better and the investment in heavily padded shorts is paying dividends.
Stopped a couple of times to take it all in and after about 3 hours I was here.b
I’m planning to get all the way to Westport tomorrow which is just under 100km, a few more hills but mostly downhill. Looking forward to the Buller River Gorge and NZ’s longest suspension bridge. Bet you can’t wait!
Km left prior to today 1255
Todays kms 45
Kms left 1210