Little Valley RoadAs forecast there was some rain overnight and it started in earnest just as I was getting ready to leave. The West Coast was a non starter as it looks like solid rain on that side of the island, not an unusual occurance.

Undeterred the first 20 minutes was very wet but the weather cleared up to dry roads the further East. By the time I reached Alexandria it was back to sunny albeit a bit cool, and ready for a coffee and muffin at the cafe I stopped at on the way in.

From Alex a wrong turn down Little Valley Road, something of moonscape but very scenic and quite a solid dirt road. It was a dead end so all the way back and this time the correct turn taking the back way to Oturehua. Another great ride.

Black Clouds on the Dansey's PassThen on to Nazeby for an excellent lunch at the Black Forest Cafe, by this time the clouds are coming in from the south and the wind has seriously got up but still undeterred start for the recommended Danseys Pass.

I'd have to say there was rather more gravel road than I'd have preferred and at one point just near the Dansey's Pass Pub there was a deep bit of gravel that nearly had me into the dirt, more care and less speed required. By the top of the pass, ages later, the wind was blowing very cold and it was starting to hail/snow, going back had become a non option as the dark clouds were following very closely, plus it would have been into wind. The Danseys Pass is a long drive and I rather think it was a bit too much but the scenery was fantastic and I'd not have missed it!

I'd thought about visiting Waimate again (stayed there last year) but the rain started in earnest and the least horrible was an hours run to the nearest town (Oamaru). Another Bella Vista Motor Inn, a very small room but warm and central which will be important when I walk downtown in a minute or two for dinner