Cycling Tour in New Zealand, Day 3

November 20 Sunday, Inangahua to St. Arnaud

Day 3 map

Day 3 elevation profile
69 miles, 3064 feet of climb, 2103 ft max

We slept in a bit because of the late night yesterday - up shortly after 7:00. Sue had to repack all her panniers and handlebar bag so we didn't get off until 9:30.

Upper Buller River gorge The road through the upper Buller River gorge is hillier than the lower. We stopped for venison burgers at the Old River Cafe in Murchison. A couple of the racing teams were there having lunch. We chatted with an athletic-looking young man on the winning team. (They won by 11 hours!)

Swinging bridge across the Buller River The swinging bridge is a popular tourist trap. We didn't try it but watched others walk across and take the cable car just barely visible in the photo above the bridge.

Hillside with trees planted in rows There's a lot of tree farming in New Zealand.

A pond with mountains in the background

Sue photographing a curious line of cattle I'm not sure if Sue was more interested in the cattle or the other way around.

Sue riding with mountains in the background We rolled into St. Arnaud about 6:30, shortly after the only store in town had closed. So we quickly showered and changed and hustled down to the Alpine Resort before the kitchen in the bar closed. We both had a lamb shank on a bed of "mash". Good, but not a lot of food (for NZ$14.50, about US$10 or so.)

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