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    Invercargill revisited

    17th February 2017

    I don't sleep well, despite the aid of a six pack...

    I drag myself out of bed, shower, dress, pack and am pressing the starter at about 0915...



    Bettie takes me on a weird route out of the city - up the steep hill my hotel is built on...



    ...and eventually on the coast road. It's about 60° F and feels colder...

    I stop at a Mobil station and refuel - and add a litre of oil. I've been watching the sight glass slowly draining each morning and today there was nothing in the window. A litre tops it up...



    The reason it feels cold is the bank of fog sitting offshore, with a breeze blowing the cold, wet air inland...



    It's a beautiful morning, though...



    ...although I confess I did switch my heated grips to 'Low'...



    I ride past miles of empty beaches...



    The road steers me away from the coast at Taieri Mouth and points me inland...



    I can see the entire valley ahead is shrouded in a fog bank - which is cold and damp as I enter it. I decide this will be an excellent time for breakfast...



    I stop at the Black Swan Café, where the lovely Bernie...



    ...brings me Eggs Benedict and a coffee...



    Fully decaffeinated and re-cholesteroled, I set off towards Invercargill...



    Most of the fog has burned off, as I knew it would. It won't be a long day today - Bettie is estimating I'll be at my hotel by about 1345...



    It was just a cottage at the side of the road - I should probably Google it...



    I spot this old girl on a trailer on the way into Balclutha...



    Any guesses? It has wooden-spoked wheels...



    Gratuitous bridge pic...



    At the rather unfortunately named Kaka Point, I see the sea mist is still persisting (try saying that three times, fast)...



    ...and spend a few minutes watching a grey heron (brilliantly camouflaged - foreground, left, by the rock pool) stalking its prey in the rock pools...



    Enough - it's getting chilly. I rejoin the main Highway One and...



    ...it's immediately warm and sunny again...



    Haven't had a barn pic in a few days...



    The road is almost completely empty and I'm continually having to check my speed...



    ...as I have come into the habit of finding a driver who is travelling at roughly the speed I want, and following a couple of seconds behind him...



    ...not so easy on an empty road...



    I get diverted down the same gravel roads as when I was here last, to detour around a bridge closure...



    The NZ Post Office seems quite similar to the US model - that is to say some people have PO boxes in the local post office in town, others have their own mailboxes outside their houses. Just like in the USA, these come in all shapes and sizes - I like this one...



    Couple of happy looking dogs...



    Spotted this nicely understated little pickup just off the main road - any guesses?



    Pretty soon I'm on finals for Invercargill and check into my very pleasant room at 1335...



    I'm here for three nights - have some admin to do and lots of stuff to do and see in the area...

    We will never be here again - have a good look around

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    Brilliant pics again mike!

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    Keep up the good work Mike, are you coming over the ditch for a visit ?.

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    Nice morning ride Mike, you are killing me with all these glorious photos.... good on yer.... have a good few days and keep the pics coming keeping me motivated for this years rides. stay safe

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    Great photos and what scenery!

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    Ref the old car on the trailer, was there perchance a small group of short cartoonish men in homburg hats nearby?
    Smacks of Lavender Hill Mob to me.

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    Pick up - chopped down Suzuki Vitara ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike O View Post
    17th February 2017

    Spotted this nicely understated little pickup just off the main road - any guesses?


    1954 Dodge C1


    If quitters never win and winners never quit... What idiot came up with 'Quit while you're ahead'??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie View Post
    Keep up the good work Mike, are you coming over the ditch for a visit ?.
    Not this year, I fear...
    We will never be here again - have a good look around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey B View Post
    Pick up - chopped down Suzuki Vitara ?


    EDIT - Oh - the one with the dogs? Maybe - who cares?
    We will never be here again - have a good look around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike O View Post
    17th February 2017

    Pretty soon I'm on finals for Invercargill
    ......
    Sometimes, Bullshit smells of Piss Take!

    Putting things into perspective...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCV3...ature=youtu.be

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    Hi Mike
    We will never be here again - have a good look around

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