Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A2O Twizel to Omarama

I spent last night at Twizel in a backpackers hostel called High Country and I enjoyed the stay. I was up early as usual and after a quick coffee at a bakery I hit the road. The temp was below freezing so I had to be careful of the black ice on the roads until I got to the A2O path which is crushed stone. The trail today was a bit rough in a few areas but otherwise it was a fairly easy ride. The scenery again was gorgeous with more fresh snow on the mountains making them stand out against the dark lower elevation where I was riding. The temps stayed right around freezing all day and light snow flurries were falling but no rain or hail today. The wind was still howling though.

I only had one little problem today. I had a seizure while riding along and I had to drop off my bike. Lucky for me it only lasted less than a minute. I could not ride afterward though. I had to wait over an hour before I stopped cramping up and I got my motor control back. It could have been much worse for me if I would have had a prolonged attack. I was 15 clicks from a road at the time so if I had to be rescued it would have been a big deal. Plus there was no cell phone signal so I would have had to wait on the trail until somebody came along the trail to go get help. I do hope I do not have that happen, ever. The other unfortunate thing is I landed on my camera and it has not worked since. It says "card error" every time I try to take a picture. I am hoping that getting a new SD card solves this problem but I am not sure it will. So I have not been able to take pics since the seizure.

Tonight I am staying in a holiday park cabin. I ran out of cash and there are no ATMs anywhere close to where I am. The next one is two or three towns away. I may get a bit hungry before I get there. I really do not understand why there are no ATMs around with all the tourists that come through here. I can’t be the only one that planned my cash supply poorly. Oh well such is life. I am still loving the ride pics or no pics.

Here are a few pics from before I smashed my camera.

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