• G’day,
    Loved the video but it stopped at the 7.30 mark and I couldn’t get it to start again. However, it was simply giving me a visual reminder of riding the trail in December last year. A friend and I had a fantastic time and we totally agree with your sentiments. The Kiwis were very friendly to a couple of Aussie females and the food and accommodation were wonderful. We stayed in a great little backpackers in Renwick run by an elderly couple who had named all the rooms after their children! It was the cleanest place I’ve ever stayed in. We’ll be going back to ride the trail again with some friends. I work for a cycling organisation here in Brisbane and also run a small cycle touring/cycle skills training company with a friend. We’re working on various rail trails here in Qld. Hope to one day have something like the Otago Rail Trail. Good luck with your travels. Jane Clarke

    February 29, 2012
  • Thanks Jane. Hmm. Just checked the video and its working OK on our end. What is your computer setup? Enough bandwidth to play it? Will upload a Youtube version when we get back to the US.


    February 29, 2012
  • AussieBikeBoy

    A great video and a great trail to finish your trip around NZ. I have looked forward with great anticipation for each new adventure. Will certainly put the Otago Rail Trail on my list of things to do.
    Safe travels home.
    Don’t forget to come to Australia sometime!

    February 29, 2012
  • Jolene

    Excellent vlog ad article. I would love to ride that trail. We can certainly learn from the community conversation effort they put in to get the trail approved by land owners…much like what we will need in Oregon to get a railtrail to the coast. I really hope I can attend any trip presentation you schedule here in Oregon when you return. Safe travels home! Jo

    February 29, 2012
  • Ron Maskell

    Having done the Taieri Gorge Railway trip a few years ago, I’ve been interested in this bike ride for a while. Did you go to the terminus by train? What sort of tyres did you use or were the road surfaces acceptable to ordinary tyres? Where did you go at the end of the trail?
    Funny how farmers are the same everywhere, generation after generation reacting against changes that could be for the better and hanging onto old patterns that have been sending them broke.

    March 01, 2012
  • The Trickster

    Hope you’ve enjoyed most of your time here. Just a pity summer never really came to the party.

    Hopefully we can invite you back in 10 years when it’ll be awesome… and hopefully by then we’ll have a government that’ll be keen to also sort out the urban situation at the same time.

    March 02, 2012
  • Tired of the interrogative from yet?!Rad trip.Heading to Oz now?Big distances but South West’s not bad.

    March 02, 2012
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