Rail Trail ride provides plenty of fun

Central Otago’s Rail Trail provided Amuri Lions with a very enjoyable outing in March.

Twenty Lions, partners and friends set off from Clyde on a rainy morning but the weather quickly cleared and we had a good run to our pub stop at Chatto Creek. This was a much needed refuelling stop as after lunch there was a steady climb up Tiger Hill before dropping down to Omakau. Our "Camp Mother" and "Camp Leader" provided some surprise entertainment after dinner with certificates for heroic and inept acts during the day.

The second day was a bit of a buster for many as much of it was a long pull uphill, but again a good pub stop at Oturehua revived any flagging spirits.

A splendid diversion after we arrived at Wedderburn was a vivist to Naseby to try our hand at curling. There was much leg-pulling and spirited brooming as rivalries developed between the teams.

Our night's stop in Wedderburn was great with new cabins close to the hotel, where again our two Camp Ladies pointed out our misdeeds of the day, much to the amusement of fellow bikers from two other groups who joined in the fun.

The next day’s run from Wedderburn to Ranfurly was done at a brisk clip and we had a coffee stop there. The Rail Trail has done much to revitalise these small towns in Otago and everywhere we stopped there were great places to eat and drink.

We arrived in Hyde by lunchtime with the sun on our backs. The lunch at the hotel in Hyde was excellent and the accommodation at the Old School House was first class. The classrooms and school hall have been converted into a kitchen and dining facility which gave plenty of space for our Camp Leaders to put all of us under the microscope.

Each of us was given a character to play and many got into the spirit by dressing up in character for dinner. We all acted out our parts again after dinner, to the amusement of the other bikers, some of whom had followed us from Clyde and happily entered into the spirit by contributing to our collection for fluoro vests to make our pupils more visible on dull days on their way to and from school.

After a group photo, the run down to Middlemarch went quite quickly and our group wended its way back to Amuri with memories of a great trip and tender backsides. By Rob Field


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