Before I could go anywhere today I had to get rid of one bike. En-trance, my Giant Trance, was due for its first service and had booked it at Torpedo7 Queenstown. It's just a short roll down the hill and ten-minute walk back.
It was a stunning day, and still quiet around the Queenstown waterfront.
Going to ride the Queenstown Trails today, the gravel bike is fine for them.
Strava missed a bit, total was 86km from the bike trip meter
Across the road from the motel, down the hill and I was on the Frankton Walkway (shared path).
Sunblock was tested today.
View from the Frankton Walkway to Kelvin Heights with The Remarkables in the background.
This marina, by 'The Boatshed Café" is new since I was last here.
Frankton foreshore looking back towards Kelvin heights & Queenstown.
This new (to me) Kingston Road bridge has replaced the old single lane one.
Old Kingston Road bridge is now just for cycling and walking. Magnificent views of the Kawarau River.
Kelvin Peninsular Trail
The Kelvin Peninsular Trail goes around the headland and connects to Jacks Point.
Giro in day-ride mode; I love the Tailfin AeroPack Trunk Top Bag but sometimes forget to tighten the straps or they work loose as the contents move around. Would be better if they were more like a bungy, than the webbing, or easier to remove.
Stunning ride, the views!
The trail passes the TSS Earnslaw Steamer haul-out slip. Was used for build, launching, and still used for maintenance.
Most of the trail is easy gravel, but it does get a bit rooty in some of the forest sections.
The water is so clear... and as would find out later cold!
View towards Kingston.
I got a pinch flat here, found had to run the Schwalbe gravel tyres at higher pressure than expected, 5 Bar/72Psi, and was ok after that. They got a bit of a hammering in the forest part and were ok, this was quite a sharp rock seam across the trail, heard the rim bottom out. Tried a stick-on patch, which I have had for ages, which didn't work so swapped the tube and threw the rest out.
Jacks Point trail is a little bit more single track, mountain bikey, but still not demanding.
Crystal clear air today, The Remarkables living up to their name!
Twin Rivers Trail
The trail follows the Kawarau River, as does the tourist jet boat.
The old Shotover River Bridge is now dedicated to the bike trail.
The Shotover River road bridge is a bit upstream.
The trails are not all flat!
I climbed about 1000m over the day, about 100m of them up McDonalds Hill.
Enjoyed the coolth in this shady riverside section of the Kawarau River Trail.
The trail passes through the middle of a Deer farm, a short overpass allows the deer to cross it.
The Arrow River Trail
Edgar Suspension Bridge is a feature of the Arrow River Trail. TVNZ One feature it in their channel promo.
The Arrow River Trail
Arrowtown was quiet, freaky quiet compared to previous 'normal'. It was about four and many of the cafés were closed, restaurants yet to open. I got an ice cream, it was the last one they served as closed at four.
Raced to finish the melting ice cream at a seat on the Arrowtown Village Green. it was strange to have it to myself, the restaurant pictured was not open.
Millbrook Resort & Lake Hayes
The trail runs through the Millbrook Resort & Country Club. Was glad could refill my water bottles here, if there was a public water tap in Arrowtown I couldn't find it.
A fun downhill as the trail heads towards Lake Hayes.
Seemed to be quite a few lifestyle properties being developed in the Dalefield area.
There's a short road section in Dalefield but didn't see any traffic on it.
Back along the river to Queenstown
Back along Frankton Walkway, evening sun meant much of it was in the (welcome) shade.
Lake Whakatipu Evening, so calm
This is a busy dinner COVID 'crowd' at Ferg Burger. They usually have long lines to the point I don't bother having one, due to the wait. It's a great burger, I had several this trip!
Lake Whakatipu Dusk, the sun about to dip behind the mountains, me about to head home to bed! Had a text my mountain bike is ready to collect. Tomorrows ride will be more demanding, lots of up and down.