Diane Toole

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Diane Toole

These blogs were started to record our Europe May to August 2011 trip. The Blogs were great for us to diary each day, for others to follow and for us to review when back home. And so it has continued adding:

Europe - Italy,Switzerland, France, 2011
The Hurunui High Country Walk 2011.
Tasmania 2012
Europe 2013 - Austria, Switzerland, France and Ireland.
Alps2Ocean and Clutha Bike Trails 2014



Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Roxburgh March 20th 2014

Day 2 of the Clutha Gold trail is to the end of the trail which runs from Roxburgh Dam down to Lawrence. After a fairly cramped stay in our little cabin at the Millers Flat camping ground, the men drove the cars down to Lawrence to leave one and bring one back. We were wondering about the virtues of biking since it was drizzly and cold. It certainly did not look like a fine day, yet that was what was forecast. We decided to "harden up!" and get on with it. We set off from Millers Flat and once again headed off down the Clutha River on yet again a superb surface. We weren't quite sure why the track had been constructed in some places since is ran parallel to an existing secondary road with virtually ... read more
The Big Hill Tunnel
The Clutha Gold Trail at Beaumont

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Roxburgh March 19th 2014

After sorting out our gear, Lindsay and Neil headed off up the hill to bike the bottom end of the Roxburgh Gorge Track. Karilyn and I drove the cars down to Millers Flat where we left one at the Camping Ground and drove the other back to the Dam to be picked up later in the day. Since the men were not back to the Dam, we headed off up the hill too to go and meet them. It was too steep and bumpy to ride up so we pushed the bikes up instead until we got to the top car park and the beginning of the track. We biked for a bit until there was a steep zig zag downhill and decided that there wasn't a lot of point in doing that when we'd have ... read more
Along the Clutha Gold Trail
Interesting sculpture

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Oamaru March 17th 2014

It rained over night but the morning finally opened up to clear skies. After yesterday it was good news. Our breakfast was once again set in style in the main dining room. Most of us had a continental breakfast but then opted for scrambled eggs as well. Allison and Bruce looked after us with grace and style with Allison imparting her knowledge on her self sufficient skills. We eventually gathered up all our wet/dry gear from yesterday and said our goodbyes to our most excellent hosts. What a place to stay. We first retraced our tracks to where we had gone wrong yesterday (up and down the hills) on Burnside Road then onto gravel for a bit. It was still water logged so we biked on the road. After maybe 12kms we got to the old ... read more
Side view of Burnside Homestead
Mission accomplished at Port Oamaru

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Oamaru March 16th 2014

As expected from the weather forecast, it started to rain. We left in rain, we arrived in rain. We geared up for the wet weather and left Glenmac and headed for Duntroon down country roads and then onto the main Waitaki road to Duntroon. We had a head wind which wasn't too much of an issue if you could "draft" behind someone else. Just before Duntroon we stopped to check out the Maori Rock Drawings on a limestone cliff close to the road. Much of drawings were either worn off by weather or animals rubbings against them. I found the fossils in the limestone far more interesting - of course! We then stopped in at the Flying Pig Café. A great place to stop. The building had been beautifully restored and decorated as had the surroundings. ... read more
Being hosed down at Burnside Homestead
From the front entrance to the lounge
Relaxation around the fire

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 15th 2014

After a sparse breakfast and a walk around the golf course, we left our bags and collected our lunches from the shop across the road. From there we headed to the Benmore Dam where we had to bike up a steep incline to the top of the dam. That was not a nice way to start the day! It was steep and I was knackered by the time I reached the top. It was a grand view out over the Waitaki Valley and well worth the effort. From there the Speedos flew down the incline on the other side of the dam. From there on it was an easy ride on the far side of the Lake Aviemore past lovely picnic and camping areas along many part of the lake. It would be a superb place ... read more
Morning tea stop

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 14th 2014

The stay at Lake Ohau Lodge has been fantastic. The service is excellent and the outlook stunning - looking up to the head of the lake with flat station grazing at the head waters. After a full breakfast we headed off early on a cool morning. We knew the day would be long so we wanted to get the hilly part out of the way before it warmed up. What was supposed to be rolling at the start followed by a long continuous uphill, turned out to be long continuous uphill from the start. It was a slow grind uphill all the way for nearly 11kms. The description says easy cycling. Yeah, right! Maybe for someone in their 20s or 30s! The track was often very rough with angular stones to bounce you about or slow ... read more
At the end of the tussock ride
The completed bike trail along Lake Benmore

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 13th 2014

We left our bags at 8.30am for the coach to take through to Lake Ohau. The cars were also left at a parking area to be picked up in a few days on our return. For ourselves, after we had prepared our lunches and got ready for the day we headed into Twizel for some decent coffee to start the day. We eventually left Twizel around 10am. The first part of the bike ride is very easy going out along Glen Lyon Road past lifestyle properties and eventually along the Pukaki and Ohau Canals. Along the Ohau Canal were large salmon farms to provide a bit of interest but mostly it was a time to cycle easily and swiftly. This was flat and in stark contrast to yesterday's lake and Alps. We were surrounded by the ... read more
Lunch stop along Lake Ohau
Dinner time with the crew
Evening on Lake Ohau

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 12th 2014

Last night the 10 of us met at our Motel in Twizel (The Chalets), some of us having travelled from afar - us from New Plymouth to Christchurch by plane and then car to Twizel. All of our group are Nelsonians - 2 from Nelson, the rest from the Ruby Coast, Tasman. This morning we all met at the Cycle Journey's office just along the street where our bikes were loaded onto a trailer and we piled into a mini-bus driven by Eaven. From Twizel we were transported up the northern side of Lake Pukaki to Jollies Car Park which is 12km beyond Braemar Station and right beside Mt Cook Station. The morning was cold and foggy but very calm. We broke out of the cloud near the top of the lake to a most fantastic ... read more
On the road below Braemar Station
The farmer from Braemar Station
At the end of Lake Pukaki

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 30th 2013

Last day in Ireland. Last day of our holidays. Heading home tomorrow. What to do with our last day in Ireland. We got the Hop On - Hop Off bus through to the Zoo where Phoenix Park is. We wanted a walk in somewhere peaceful and this seemed to be the place to do it since it is so large. We first went to the Duke of Wellington obelisk which is the 2nd largest in the world after the Washington one and took a look at it. Quite impressive. Then across to the Zoo where we took a walk through the park and gardens then back down into the city. To the Guiness Factory or the Dublinia Museum. We chose the latter as it described the history of Dublin from it's beginnings after first being taken ... read more
Trinity College, Dublin
O'Connell street in Dublin
The book of Kells

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 30th 2013

Last day in Ireland. Last day of our holidays. Heading home tomorrow. What to do with our last day in Ireland. We got the Hop On - Hop Off bus through to the Zoo where Phoenix Park is. We wanted a walk in somewhere peaceful and this seemed to be the place to do it since it is so large. We first went to the Duke of Wellington obelisk which is the 2nd largest in the world after the Washington one and took a look at it. Quite impressive. Then across to the Zoo where we took a walk through the park and gardens then back down into the city. To the Guiness Factory or the Dublinia Museum. We chose the latter as it described the history of Dublin from it's beginnings after first being taken ... read more




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