Day 18 – Thomson’s Gorge to Mt Cook

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel

We headed out of Thomson’s Gorge, and same as yesterday, didn’t take many photos as we had done this road before. Much of the area is protected for future generations.

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The road winds through grazing areas. These sheep were sleeping on the road as we approached, but quickly jumped up before we could take a photos.

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The sheep quickly scattered while we waited.

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One group started climbing the mountain …

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… while the other proceeded along the base of the mountain.

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As we were riding on one of the dirt roads at high speed, a stone flicked up and hit my foot. Despite being in sturdy boots, it really hurt!  In the evening I found out that I had received a good smack.

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As we headed north near Twizel, we saw heavy rain in the direction we needed to travel.  We got a few drizzles, but were lucky.

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The road between Twizel and Mt Cook.

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The left valley is the one we travelled into.  It looked like we would get drenched.

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We rode beside the rainbow for a long time.  The sun was on our left, and the rain was on our right.

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As we kept travelling, the rain moved further back.

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The view from our room was spectacular.

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All the following pictures in this blog were taken from our room.  They show how quickly the weather changes in the alps. We were totally in awe, and just sat by the window for the rest of the day watching the scenery change.

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The final rays of sunshine on Mt Cook.

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It was a beautiful night with the full moon.

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