img_8408Todays a rest day but the weather forecast is still very nasty over the Cook Strait, high winds and a front coming. We have a tour booked to the Tui brewery but when the Met Service upgrade the Cook Strait forecast to a Gale warning we decide to flag that and head for Blenheim (Omaka).

This it turns out is the weekend for the Blenheim “Grape Ride” with several thousand cyclists booking all the motels in town (a now familiar tale) but I manage to phone and get the last room at the Commodore Motel although it turns out to be some way out of town but OK for all that.

The crossing is uneventful but very slow and provides lots of time for worry about the engine stopping but in the event it runs sweetly and we get to our accommodation mid afternoon. Omaka is hard to find from the air but we get there ok and are able to get the plane in the huge Marlbrough aero club hanger to weather the wind. Great value for $10

Dinner with aviation friends is provided at the Bacchus (for me again) and is excellent albeit slow service. It's still very good value.