Photographer's Note

Hi all. This is a shot of the Otago Rail Trail.
Trains used to travel this route but the tracks are all gone now and what is left behind is a cycle trail. The trail follows the exact path of the rail tracks across the same bridges and viaducts, through the same tunnels and cuttings and even past the same stations where they remain.
Cyclist share the trail with walkers and horse riders, though we saw the occasional walkers the only evidence of horses was the “horse emissions” scattered very sporadically along the trail. Cyclists were certainly the majority of trail users. The trail has a maximum gradient of 1 in 50 so it’s not exactly arduous and cafes and B&Bs are spread conveniently along the way to keep the travelers nourished and rested. Nice local pubs too for the occasional ale.
The trail has partially rejuvenated the region with cycle hire and accommodation providers being the major beneficiaries. From memory there are in excess of 3000 cyclist doing the trail per year but with 160 KMs of trail there are always sections were you don’t bump into anyone and you feel you have the trail to yourself. Those likeminded travelers you do meet along the way are generally friendly and open for a chat. We found ourselves bumping into the same people time and again and always stopped for a little catch-up.
The trail travels from Clyde in the east to Middlemarch in the west and covers a distance of 160 KMs (100 Miles). For more info on the climate see my last post.
Bonus photos in workshop.
Enjoy, Paul.

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