15 Feb. At the Abisko Lodge breakfast, I got chatting to Matthew and Stephanie who live to the north in Darfield and were on a cycle tour for a few days. They are extremely generous and offered me use of their bach when I get to Twizel. I also talked about my journey with Jason and Marie from Queenstown. They were on a camper van trip. Another lovely couple living life to the full. It is such a pleasure meeting people on this journey.
Then on to the admin. Cleaned my pack, removing all gravel road dust collected in the back of trucks. Washed clothes. Even gave my boots some leather treatment.
While refuelling the hired van I found I am well known at the Mobil garage now. 😊 After returning the van, another big breakfast brunch at the Topp Country Cafe. Methven is a quiet rural town at this time of year. It gets busy July and August as an accommodation base for the local Mt Hutt ski fields, so has everything I need to resupply.
In the afternoon, Anara dropped by on her way back to Christchurch from a visit to the Erewhon Station Clydesdale stud. (“Nowhere” spelt backwards as Grant told me.) We drove up to the snow-less Mt Hutt ski base for views of the agricultural patchwork of Canterbury Plains.
The weather forecast is for heavy rain tomorrow (Sunday) so will leave departing Methven until Monday and hopefully avoid river problems on the next section.
Dinner again at the Dubliner pub. Obviously a popular place as it was busy Saturday night. Creamy lemon chicken highly recommended.