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Last Day of riding 42 km and Taieri Gorge Train

After breakfast of freshly baked bread in bread maker that filled the house with beautiful smells as we woke up. Outside was thick mist mist and fog that eventually cleared showing us a lovely view over to the mountains.

Peter drove us back to Kokonga where our bikes were still safely sitting behind a rock. The ride toady was very easy , with very little gravel and pretty much all downhill. The scenery was lovely around Daisybank and leading up to our last tunnel.

The other side of the tunnel we stopped to chat to a lovely old man who was out with his horse on the trail and sitting in an old trots cart behind the horse . He looked in his 80's and goes out every day to do this.

In the small town of Hyde we stopped to get some food as there was no shops for the next 27.5 km, The Rock and Pillar Range was on our right and the Taieri River on our left as we passed so many sheep and big cows today. We sat by a field having sandwiches watching the sheep play. We saw 2 little twin lambs find each other and they ran from across the field to embrace and junto for joy, They then set off together to find their Mum and there was more sheep rejoicing as they found her.

We didn't come across any cyclists heading our way today but passed 2 heading in the other direction.

We were in Middlemarch our destination around 1.30pm and had a few hours before we left for the Train to Dunedin. We rode around a very small quiet town that did have a primary school . I wander through the local museum and read sad and interesting accounts bathe train crash that killed many people. The train driver was drunk and was charged with manslaughter .

We found a lovely cafe - the Kissing Gate Cafe where we sat in shady outside garden under na apple tree passing couple of hours .

Our shuttle ride to the station left at 4pm and cost $20 each. The train left from Pukerangi train station at 4.45pm and arrived into Dunedin at 6.30pm and cost $61 each

The lady from SHEBIKESHEBIKES checked all our gear back in and was very kind and offered to drive us past the Stone sheep pens when I mentioned them as she drove us out to the train station. The pens were made of flat slabs of rocks instead of wood. We then hit a sheep traffic jam where there were hundreds of sheep being moved from one pasture to another along the road and across a bridge by one young girl and 3 dogs. We had to drive along behind them until they crossed the bridge and could move oft the side. They were panicking and jumping on top of each other and really are very delightful but silly animals. The countryside to the station is very hilly and rocky/ I saw hedgehog sitting on the railway track as we waited for the train to arrive in. We rolled him off safely as when afraid they roll into a ball and are easy to move away. We had paid for the train ride as part of our bike package and it was around $65.

To get the good views on the train you need to sit on the same side the you board from as the train goes back in the sae direction it came in from . It was very nice with a table in between us for food and drinks. There was a restaurant car to get food and drinks and an open aired bak of carriage to stand and see the great views. ( Needed if you don't get a seat on the left hand side)

Dunedin station where we pulled into is a beautiful ornate building with the Otago Harbour behind it. It is said to be the most photographed building in NZ.. It was opened in 1906 and its sheer size and grandiose style and rich embellishments earned its nickname of the "gingerbread house" We walked 10 minutes to the hotel past the busy restaurant area of the Octagon, There was a lovely cathedral on the Octagon

Leigh and I outside Peter's farm

Leigh and I outside Peter's farm


Our bikes hidden behind the rocks

Our bikes hidden behind the rocks


Stamping box to stamp our rail passport

Stamping box to stamp our rail passport


Pretty scenery

Pretty scenery


Peaceful rivers

Peaceful rivers


River

River


Nice rest stop

Nice rest stop


Looking down from rail bridge

Looking down from rail bridge


Crossing the rail bridge

Crossing the rail bridge


Rail Bridge

Rail Bridge


Rural scenery

Rural scenery


Wildflowers

Wildflowers


Bridge crossing

Bridge crossing


Open expanses

Open expanses


Crazy running sheep

Crazy running sheep


And off they go

And off they go


My bike

My bike


Last tunnel entrance

Last tunnel entrance


Lovely old man on his daily ride

Lovely old man on his daily ride


Leigh with his horse

Leigh with his horse


Smiling for the camera

Smiling for the camera


Rest stop

Rest stop


Cows

Cows


My final  reading in Middlemarch

My final reading in Middlemarch


Our bikes by the finish sign

Our bikes by the finish sign


Finish line

Finish line


Middlemarch Museum

Middlemarch Museum


Kissing Gate Cafe Garden

Kissing Gate Cafe Garden


Middlemarch Bike Drop off

Middlemarch Bike Drop off


Stone sheep pens

Stone sheep pens


Sheep road block

Sheep road block


Sheep chaos

Sheep chaos


Sheep panicking

Sheep panicking


Pukerangi Rail station

Pukerangi Rail station


Hedgehog on the railway line

Hedgehog on the railway line


Taieri train arrives in

Taieri train arrives in


Views of the stunning gorge from the train

Views of the stunning gorge from the train


Taieri Gorge

Taieri Gorge


Gorge

Gorge


Reststop

Reststop


Nice with the table for food and drink

Nice with the table for food and drink


Dunedin station

Dunedin station


Dunedin Station

Dunedin Station


Church

Church


Church on the Octagon

Church on the Octagon


Church on the Octagon

Church on the Octagon


Heading to the trail in Peters car

Heading to the trail in Peters car


Leigh and I in Peter's garden

Leigh and I in Peter's garden


Walked down to the river

Walked down to the river


Peters Farm

Peters Farm

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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