Having had coffee, we drove to where the Tekapo Canal exits into Lake Pukaki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Pukaki where we mounted our bikes for our first ride of the day. Initially the ride was on a sealed road. At the 5.8 km mark we diverted onto the LakesideTrail which was a gravel road narrowing into an almost single track in parts and was the type of off road cycling I really like and do whenever I get the chance. We followed the trail for 11 km along the edge of Lake Pukaki where we boarded our buses and headed for The Hermitage, Mt. Cook
|Nothing like climbing a hill off road to make you feel alive|
|A couple of Jimmy Bee's cousins enjoying nature|
|Lake Pukaki contrasting with an array of alpine grasses|
In past posts, I have alluded to from time to time, how the marriage between cycling and photography works extremely well and with a little imagination and skill that photography can be expressed in an art form. The photograph below of a single Scotch Thistle flower with the help of Picasa http://picasa.google.com.au/ and a little tweeking, a simple photograph becomes a piece of art. I might even have it placed on a piece of canvas for my own enjoyment.
|Scotch Thistle flower|
As there was so much involved in day 2, I have decided to pause here, and then in the next post, I'll tell you about Mt. Cook and the Tasman Glacier as well as our undulating descent down to Twizel.
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