Day one on the Trail – Alexandra to Lauder

A gloomy looking day with -1 degree rising to 10 degrees c forecast saw us dressing with multiple layers of thermal kit. The promise of a nice coffee at Chatto Creek pub motivated us as we started up,the track. The autumn colours are still in full glory making for some stunning views.

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Barb is stopping at each old station and finding the box so that she can get her stamp into her passport – proof positive that she has achieved the full 150 + Kms that makes up this ride.

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Omakau station – Barb getting her stamp – also we stopped at the old town here for a lovely lunch and a 4 km detour to visit another old gold mining settlement of Ophir

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1860’s post office at Ophir – still working

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finally arrived at Lauder and back to our 5th wheel – I raced ahead over the last 7 Kms to turn on the diesel heater and the hot water supply so that Barb was able to step off the bike and straight into a nice hot shower. She was mumbling something about , “Oh my sore Bum !” But still very positive about the morrow – bound for Ranfurley. She’s no quitter – our Barb.

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Lauder – finish day one

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Barb a little disorientated – clearly going the wrong way
STATS 43 Kms including our detours

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