Mt Cook to Omarama

After the stresses and strains of the last few days, today’s 90km route was like a ‘light day at the office’. The early morning cloud lifted to reveal long empty roads that disappeared the length of the valley


and the glowering peaks in the background began to reveal their curves and folds


The views on either side of the road were stunning, and the pace of the return journey along this 55km valley was unnervingly fast.
Several of my hostel companions were being ‘coptered’ into the heart of the Alps to embark on multi-day mountain and glacial treks. There had been an atmosphere of eager anticipation when I left.


When I arrived at Omarama, and checked into another donated pitch at the campsite, I met up again with ABC…..Anna, Bob and Christina…an astonishing family from California halfway through their world cycling trip. They have been through some struggles, faced several challenges, but are still thriving. I was particularly intrigued by their tandem, a Hase Pino, a German built design with a semi-recumbent front, ideal for 10 year old Anna.


Tomorrow promises a climb to 1000 metres…….who would want to be on the flat anyway?
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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on February 12, 2013, in New Zealand End-to-End 3000kms and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Your trip is amazing and I love reading each of your posts! Makes me feel just a little bit like I am experiencing those things too – thanks so much for sharing this incredible journey! I hope someday to do something as adventurous as this…thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  2. Hi there! I’ve nominated you for Liebster Blog Award! Check it out – and keep up the good work!

  3. As others have said, the Irwin family are so enjoying your updates especially the photos. Keep up the good work Frank.

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