Date: Monday 18 February 2013
Route: St Arnaud to Murchison
Distance: 62km (plus 4km around town)
Weather: Overcast and cool in morning, no wind, very hot in afternoon
Accommodation: Kiwipark holiday park cabin
One of our shortest planned routes today. Also an easy ride. We did the first 25km in an hour, hardly having to pedal as it was a long steady downhill. Nice quiet road to start with but once we turned onto the main drag to Murchison from Nelson there was too much traffic, including trucks. The whole route followed the river – very beautiful in parts with native forests and mountains on either side.
Few mechanical issues today – Kris just had to stop a couple of times to adjust his front paniers.
We met and chatted with a Swiss cyclist who has done around 3000km all around NZ when we arrived in Murchison. He was going on to Westport in the afternoon.
We left early at 8.45 and arrived early around 12. Spent the afternoon shopping and relaxing. Very hot in afternoon. Bought food for tomorrow. The shop here is not so expensive and we have kitchen facilities – so made our own meat and vegetable meal and bought food for tomorrow.