Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sightseeing conditions 2 out of 10, riding conditions 8 out of 10

Well a new day has dawned on the Great Southern Brevet 2016 and it is again overcast and cool.  Makes for excellent riding conditions but the morning mist isn't burning off so the views are a little on the short side.

Last night was a busy night for Top Hut at the head of the West Branch of the Manuherikia River. With the first group calling it a day at around 8:30 pm, riders continued to pour in until after midnight. 20+ riders enjoyed the relative comforts of the hut (relative that is if you scored a bunk while the rest enjoyed the tussock outside).

Room at the Inn? Top Hut in the Manuherikia

Dibs on the bottom bunk!

A few late txts and then the early risers checking in:

Date: 16 January 2016 at 19:02
Subject: SMS with Dean Marshall

Away from Omarama
Dean

Date: 16 January 2016 at 19:14
Subject: SMS with Bryan Prestidge

Bryan P, Mel and John, cjell and Russ L all in Omarama at the pub for tea. Thanks to Mel and John for a great tow behind the tandem down Qualburn Rd

Date: 16 January 2016 at 20:06
Subject: SMS with Tony Quinn

Dave
Thanks. We have decided to continue on. We'll probably stop and camp before the saddle.
Tony

Date: 17 January 2016 at 08:22
Subject: SMS with Scott Dunavan

Nice evening at Omarama Saddle.

Date: 17 January 2016 at 08:22
Subject: SMS with Rob Davidson

Stupid auto-correct...😨

Date: 17 January 2016 at 08:22
Subject: SMS with Hedley Wilton

Tarris. No coverage at St  Bathans - Hedley

Date: 17 January 2016 at 08:22
Subject: SMS with Brian Alder

Breakfast in Terra's.  Phew.  Brian Alder


Date: 17 January 2016 at 08:22
Subject: SMS with Mark Wallace

Mark and fleur in st bathans for the night. Couple of hundy kms today. Quite aware its about to get harder tho. Night night

Date: 17 January 2016 at 08:22
Subject: SMS with Russell Shanks

Hi Da Ve Russell Shanks Tarras


The morning mist was slow to burn off with the sun not making it through and little or no wind.

Packing up will Stew has a lie in

High visibility option for low visibility day

Mist 'pours' over Omarama Saddle
P.S.   Just a note for those not familiar with the blog. You can click on any photo and it will expand to full screen for a better view. Cheers,

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