New Zealand, 2008
Continuing in the Catlins
We had a little rain during the night at MacLean's Falls Campground near Cathedral Caves, but our luck held and it cleared in the morning. We left on Monday, February 4, bound for Owaka, the principal service town for the Catlins but still little more than a village.
In mid afternoon after just 40 kilometres of hilly cycling, we reached
Owaka at last, a pleasant town, and the campground and facilities were
simply excellent, so we stayed two nights.
On the layover day, Barbara chose a ride for us, so difficult that it
made me want to kill her. We rode to Kaka Point, only about 16 kilometres
away, but a good deal of it was on an extremely hilly gravel road. Kaka
Point was wonderfully scenic, however, so I forgave her, and we took an
easier but longer route back to the main highway, returning to Owaka after
40 kilometres of riding.
At the Owaka campground and hostel, we met two New Zealanders, Ken and
Katherine, who were delightful, and also Sarah, a young traveler from
Portugal, who is a marine biologist in her othe life. Meeting such nice
people is one of the delights of traveling like this.
After Owaka, we left the Catlins, riding to Balclutha and on to camp for the night at Lake Waihola. Our next goal was the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin.