We have taken a bit of a break from what we call our 9-5 job in last week or so….
After consuming the mighty Fergburgers we literally rolled out of Queenstown, we cycled towards Clyde past vineyards and people bungee-ing headfirst into gorges.
In Clyde we stayed with a courier well known on West Coast as he picked up many hitchhikers and other cyclists like us caught in a torrential rainstorm. He even has a visitors book in his van for all the hitchers to sign! He kindly invited us to stay with him, his sheepdog and his affection demanding cat on Easter weekend.
We spent the weekend walking his dog, attempting to fish again and failing again, visiting a fair in which to celebrate Easter the local hunters had a competition to kill the most bunnies and sampling all the local wines at a wine festival.
We reluctantly left Clyde after becoming rather attached to the cat waking us up by rubbing her mouth on our noses, we cycled the old rail trail in Central Otago and free camped conveniently behind a pub then in kind ladies backyard next to her horses.
Next up was Dunedin which was never in our plans but has been one of our favourite cities in NZ. First major bicycle mishap occurred and Ella’s tyre ripped, luckily our Warmshowers host volunteers at a DIY bike workshop so our bikes received much needed free service.
Coinciding with bike workshop which salvages parts from dumpsters was the People’s Kitchen which creates interesting but delicious dumpster diving dinners. Our WS host is a weekly dumpster diver so has shelves full of a surprising amount of perfectly edible free food.
Saturday night was spent with Smother Theresa, Saucy Slamher and Freckills at Dunedin Roller Derby. Back to nature yesterday and watched penguins at dusk waddling from the sea to their nest on the beach.
Next heading towards Mount Cook for bit more tramping around mountains before heading towards Christchurch to fly out for our stint in SE Asia.