Date: Sunday, 17 February 2013
Route: Renwick to St Arnaud
Distance: 94km, plus 5km around town in evening
Weather: Overcast and cool in morning, no wind
Accommodation: Nelson lakes motels backpacker lodge – basic but clean, has all the facilities, good value
We had a good early start at 8.30am and ideal conditions. The road was flat and easy for the first 80km. After that there was a steep steady uphill over a pass just before the lake. At the start we rode past a lot of vineyards. Later on we rode alongside the river with mountains on either side. This was one of the longest distances we have planned and we did well.
No problems with tyres today, but my chain slipped off the gear about three times. Kris has adjusted it and think it is ok now. We both arrived with oily hands.
We were happy to find a washing machine at the hostel, so no hand washing tonight.
We found the only shop in town – but it was very limited and expensive. So decided to go to treat ourselves to a meal at the Alpine Lodge – the only local restaurant and bar. Had delicious craft beer there from local brewery. The meal was their Sunday evening barbeque – wonderful quality salads and meats. We ate too much! We always seem to fall into this trap with buffets.
Went to look at the stunning Lake Rotoiti before dinner. Elsbeth – last time we were here we walked along the lake with you, remember the clear water with the large fish and the beech forest.