15th April……11 days to go

Owaka's Teapotland. Some say its a ploy to stop the dead bodies underneath being dug up

Owaka’s Teapotland. Some say its a ploy to stop the dead bodies underneath being dug up

Really sad end for this young buck

Really sad end for this young buck

Kaka Point

Kaka Point

David sporting one of his 12 T shirts

David sporting one of his 12 T shirts

Meeting Alyson in Balclutha

Meeting Alyson in Balclutha

Lovely flat road from Kaka Point to Balclutha

Lovely flat road from Kaka Point to Balclutha

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Just about sums me up!

Just about sums me up!

Even the cattle are Scottish round here

Even the cattle are Scottish round here

17.30 Waihola Lake holiday park.

Euch! It’s raining here, no wonder the Scots wanted to make this area the “Scotland of the South”. We’ve managed to come off the road and pitch tents before it became heavier so are now snug and dry here in the kitchen. We’ve been joined by a bunch of caravanners ( a cavalcade of caravanners?) who are all heading for a caravan convention in Mosgiel over this coming Easter weekend. All very friendly and I’m listening to them compare camp sites, talk about price of diesel,how to get best sky satellite reception etc…….

It’s now nearly 8pm as I have been chatting with the caravanners, they are all from the Oamaru/Timaru area and have rallies every month. We’ve been learning about the ins and outs of sheep farming too (“mountain oysters” may not be something you would want to try), a nice bunch especially when they called us “young men”. I’ve also somehow downed a whole bottle of Merlot without noticing!

It wasn’t wet this morning, just overcast and after a different type of shower (a hot one in the rest home which I managed unaided by care staff) we got away early. Headed for Kaka Point but stopped when we saw a young deer buck which looked trapped in a wire fence. It was sat looking straight at us and I could have sworn it was alive. Sadly it had not been dead long but it certainly was dead and therefore beyond our help.

Kaka point was a nice cycle following a stream to then emerge at a sandy wide bay. Waited there for David to catch up and then asked a camper van couple coming back from Nugget Point what they had seen. Unfortunately they’d not see any wildlife and said the gravel road was rough so I decided to leave my visit to Nugget point for another day. We had a flat white instead at Kaka Point store!

Talking of nice flat things, there’s a superflat ride from Kaka Point to Balclutha. Green farmland in shelter belted rectangles enhanced the symmetry of the “straight as a die road”. In Balclutha we met Alyson from the states (Arizona and California originally) who’d been cycling the same route as us but she had had enough for the day and was going to camp here in town before getting bus to Christchurch. She’d had a great time on her own and had pepper spray for precautions on her tiny fold away bike! A local businessman stopped for a chat and thanked us all for coming all this way to visit the Clutha area before offering to take a photo of us all.

The road to Milton was undulating but made good speed and took me about an hour. Stocked up at local store and waited for David. He was feeling knackered so we decided to try and at least get to Waihola about 18km away.

I think we are about 60km from Dunedin via scenic route and 40km direct on SH1. Will see how weather is in morning but probably go scenic.

David has come clean on his wardrobe, he only has one pair of socks to his 12, yes 12, T-shirts!