Solace and Solitude on the Central Otago Rail Trail:
26-12-14 to 29-12.14
Kevin P Clements
After hurtling around the world in November and December with trips to China, Japan, the UK and Norway I returned to a tranquil family Christmas in Dunedin followed by a cycle trip on the Otago Central Rail trail. So on Boxing day; instead of eating the unfinished turkey, Christmas cake and chocolates from the day before we drove to Clyde and the start of the Otago Central rail trail.
The trail goes from Clyde to Middlemarch which is a distance of 150 kilometres. The cycleway follows the line of a railroad that was built from 1879 to about 1900. The construction was done largely by Irish workers ( navvies) who cut the trail out of schist and a variety of volcanic rocks. They didn’t have any modern road making equipment , and made the whole…
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