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Journeys : Aug Sep 2013
Pedals, penguins and peat Alice Hansen freewheels her way to a New Zealand whisky tasting 14 August / September 2013 Destinations H e's wearing full Victorian-era get up, standing in the door way of Oamar u Cycle Works with a casual hand rested on his penny-farthing. He's looking at us in a bemused way. And we're looking back at him in his double-breasted suit, uncertain if folk here dress like that for fun or if it's some unfortunate costume he's instructed to wear. As he wanders over smirking, we can't help but giggle. We're two young Australian females in New Zealand and our rental van has a potentially very serious issue. It occurs to me that we do look fairly amusing ourselves. We've just driven three hours from Christchurch where we picked up our rental for our big two-week jour ney and Oamar u is our first stop. We have tools scattered on the ground from the emergency tool kit and what we're about to tackle isn't fun -- we can't unlock, let's politely call it, the 'bathroom's courtesy cube.' But David (above, second from right), rather than try to sell us a penny-farthing ride, is kindly wandering over like one of our fathers to show us how it's done. He tosses the manual back on the driver's seat, pulls a few magic levers, and in seconds our confused frow ns are replaced by gracious smiles. We've met our first Oamaru pal. How could we not ask for a ride from this kind, well-dressed handyman with manners from yesteryear? Now I've never ridden a penny-farthing and as I hurtle towards the scenic foreshore at a height that is certain to result in more than a scraped knee, I realise that I haven't engaged a foot brake in m any years. www.visitoamaru.co.nz www.visitoamaru.co.nz NZ Whisky Company
Jun Jul 2013
OcT Nov 2013