Gordon W Hayes

What a wonderful experience the Otago Rail Trail proved to be for Jan and me. This café owner informed me that the Rail Trail had added NZ$42M to the local economy and without it her business would not exist. Here we are at the start of the ride on a cold and blustery day with only 150km to go. I would thoroughly recommend the Otago Rail Trail and Adventure South the organisers to anyone who wished to enjoy beautiful scenery, great company, good food and plenty of exercise on the way. One early morning it was minus 3 degrees C.  Jan and I led the peloton that day when we were stopped by a mob of sheep on the trail hemmed in by the steep sides of the embankment and herded along by a pack of five sheep dogs, one of which was still in training and tried to round up Jan. The shepherd, a sturdy NZ farmer, walked behind at a cracking pace in short sleeves, seemingly impervious to the icy conditions.  They breed them tough on the other side of the ditch!

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Jan and Gordon Hayes
Gordon W Hayes