QUEENSTOWN TO LAKE ST CLAIR.
- on Monday, 08 January 2018.
I staggered out of the tent at 7ish, no need to hurry as I had to wait for the PO to open. About 8:30 ish I got a text confirming the arrival of my pads at the PO. Sweet! I whizzed down to the PO and was their first customer for the day! I installed the pads there in front of the PO and back to the CV park I went. I packed everything, went and did a ram raid on the IGA and had a snack or two, health food of course!
By the time I was ready to leave it was 1PM. I figured I’d do a few K’s and then camp, that however, didn’t work out.
The ride out of Queenstown is a long uphill climb, about 4 K’s but it’s well graded and so I knocked it over in reasonable time. Once I hit the top there was a sweet downhill run and I was off. I was enjoying the ride and the K’s were rolling under the wheels with ease, so much so that I kept going until Lake St Clair, a distance of 96 K’s. I arrived there at 1845 and tried to find the free camping site but was unable to. There were no instructions on how to access it anywhere. I wasn’t a happy camper. I rang the motel back down the road to see if they had camping, I needed it access to power to charge at least 1 battery. It was them who told me how to get to the free camping ground.
Whilst this was happening, I came across a card put out by the National Parks, entitled “Tell us how we went”, so I did, in no uncertain terms too, I might add!!!! I made sure my name and number were on it as well in the hope they would ring me.
As I said, the ride between Queenstown and Lake St Clair was really enjoyable, the hills were manageable, some of the views down the valleys were fantastic and the forest in general was great. The traffic was light, there was an abundance of bird life and I saw 2 Echidnas, one of which I managed to capture on the GoPro, I’ll put the footage up and link it later.
There is a patch of Alpine Forest just prior to Lake St Clair and I was passing through it at 6 pm ish and when the sun broke through the clouds the light was fantastic. All in all, it’s been my favourite section so far.