Friday, 28 February 2014

Friday 28th February - Middlemarch to Dunedin

It rained and it rained.  It started at about 7.30 in the morning and didn't stop until after we go on the train at 12.30.  The journey on the train took us along The Taieri Gorge. The camp site we stayed at last night was just perfect as we took advantage of their lounge area to watch TV and dry some of our stuff on the heater.  We congratulated ourselves on our planning as, for the most part, our cycle touring part of our overall trip was without serious cold rain. Anyway it was cold and wet all morning. So on the train in the warm before we set of someone had a snooze. 

The train journey down the Taieri gorge to Dunedin was delightful and we could see clearly the snow fall on the hills as we chugged along.  

We were very impressed with the scenery on the journey and pleased with our decision to take the train.  The sky looked blue where we were headed.

At Hindon we had a short stop and were able to step of the train for a quick look around. 

We arrived in Dunedin at about 3.30 and as we disembarked the train the heavens opened and the wind howled and the hill to the backpackers hostel we booked was enormously steep.  We were pleased to get checked in at the Chalet Backpackers and begin to dry out in our comfortable room. 

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