The Magnificent Eleven

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Starting out at Clyde

We needed an adventure so we headed south to Clyde

Leapt on our trusty bicycles and went for a little ride

We rode the Otago Rail Trail as far as it did go

Some of us were rather fast and others kind of slow

 

Leone showed us how to ride right from the very start

And in her stripy thermals she really looked the part

Mal went Hell for Leather and caused himself some pain

He got through the next three days with the help of Percutane

Linda was a trooper, once she was on her way

She just kept on peddling until the end of day

Diane was a natural and often in the lead

She liked to chatter to her mates as she rode along at speed

Warren needed to explore and he would leave the track

Then ride like a bat out of hell to catch up to the pack

Margaret very rarely made it our of her low gear

She had to pedal furiously to get any where

Kerry’s quick reactions kept him on his steed

When he hit loose gravel whilst traveling at speed

Dale was amazing, cruising in high gear

And when she removed her helmet didn’t suffer from ‘hat hair’!

John had a little mishap, with the utmost of grace

He dived over an electric fence and landed on his face

(Picked himself back up again and said that he was fine

Next morning with his wife’s support was first across the line)

Brian had a good time despite his aging knees

He managed the distance with apparent ease

Lou, our Senior Management, we hold in high esteem

She hand-picked and organized each member of the team

She included her ‘twin’ sister to accompany her on the ride

They enjoyed a catch up as they cycled side by side

And at each and every rest stop their cell phones did appear

To check in on their old Mum and Mum-in-Waiting, Claire

 

We weren’t concerned about getting lost, we hadn’t any fears

Because always coming up behind were our three musketeers

They’d toddle along together solving the troubles of the world

And enjoying the Otago landscape as each new scene unfurled

Riding in late April we really struck the gold

As the Otago autumn colours were a wonder to behold

We rode each day in sunshine, the skies were blue and clear

We enjoyed the bracing aspect of the wintry southern air

 

Gary was our driver, encyclopedia and guide

He’d boil the billy for morning tea while we were on our ride

We’d cruise around a corner and there would be the bus

With Gary and fresh baking, for the likes of us

 

Each day when we stopped riding we’d explore the local scene

Tried curling at Naseby but we were pretty green

We checked out St Bathans which was old and rather quaint

The huge hole at Macrae's Mine left us feeling faint

 

We had awards each evening, the bronze, silver and gold

The wooden spooners kept us amused when their stories were told

We had a yellow jacket for the rider of the day

It seems we were all champions despite being old and grey!

 

Our adventure ended at the town of Middlemarch

We stood in respectful silence as the Anzac parade went past

We were very proud of what we had achieved

And for some of us our rear-ends were mightily relieved

We climbed aboard the Taieri Gorge train to head back to the city

And enjoyed a long hot shower there ‘cos we were tired and gritty

 

The Magnificent Eleven have proved that we’re not soft

We rode 150 ks and ‘Knocked the Bastard off’!

magnificent11 says:
DEAR ALL, I AM THE LEAST PROFICIENT IN THE WAYS OF COMPUTORS MY DARLING EFFICIENT DAUGHTER[UP FROM CH CH]HAS PUT MY PICS ON I DID NOT TAKE MANY.TO ONE AND ALL THANKS WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME YES I LOVED CHATTING AS WE PEDDLED.MARGARET YOUR PHOTOS AND TRIP LOG IS FABULOUS.I HAVE A SUGGESTION HOW ABOUT A BIKE RIDE IN FRANCE DID HEAR THERE IS A EX NZ LADY WHO RUNS A COMPANY.I SUGGEST WE NOMINATE LOUISE TO ORGANISE AS ALL CREDIT TO HER FOR THE GREAT TRIP NOW SHE HAS DONE ONE NEXT TIME WILL BE A PIECE OF CAKE.GREAT TRIP GREAT FUN GREAT COMPANY BRING ON ANOTHER.DIANNE AND WARREN.
Posted on: Jun 17, 2008
magnificent11 says:
To Margaret,
Your prose re the trip was just sublime
And now days later as I have the time
To dwell on sore bums and the many full tums
And the wooden spoon I proudly wore
With limbs and thighs so very sore.
Margaret you'e captured it all
Simply put, we had a ball!
John & Dale
Posted on: May 14, 2008
magnificent11 says:
My Dear Cycling Friends

Thanks for your friendship and humour on our great adventure in Central Otago

You all did well

Warm Regards

Kerry
Posted on: May 13, 2008
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Starting out at Clyde
Starting out at Clyde
Otago in autumn
Otago in autumn
Rail Trail
Rail Trail
Leone
Leone
Mal
Mal
Linda
Linda
Dianne
Dianne
Warren
Warren
Margaret
Margaret
Kerry
Kerry
Dale
Dale
John
John
Brian
Brian
Lou
Lou
Rest Break!
Rest Break!
Waipiata
Waipiata
The Boys
The Boys
Brian & Kerry
Brian & Kerry
The Sisters
The Sisters
Lou
Lou
Cell Phones!
Cell Phones!
Dianne curling at Naseby
Dianne curling at Naseby
Brian curling at Naseby
Brian curling at Naseby
St Bathans
St Bathans
St Bathans
St Bathans
The Winners
The Winners
Leone & Mal
Leone & Mal
John & Dale
John & Dale
Dinner
Dinner
The Girls
The Girls
Mal, Kerry, Brian
Mal, Kerry, Brian
Kerry, Lou, Margaret
Kerry, Lou, Margaret
Ms Universe
Ms Universe
Get down from there Warren! - Phot…
Get down from there Warren! - Pho…
Ms Universe #2
Ms Universe #2
Ready for a ride
Ready for a ride
Brian & Lou
Brian & Lou
Linda
Linda
Lou & Dale
Lou & Dale
Taieri Gorge Railway - No Bikes
Taieri Gorge Railway - No Bikes
Clutha River , Alexandra
Clutha River , Alexandra
Chatto Creek - lunch stop!
Chatto Creek - lunch stop!
Chatto Creek
Chatto Creek
Tiger Hill Gangers Shed
Tiger Hill Gangers Shed
St Bathans
St Bathans
Manuherika Valley
Manuherika Valley
Manuherika Valley
Manuherika Valley
Manuherika Valley
Manuherika Valley
Lauder Station
Lauder Station
Manuherika No 1 Bridge
Manuherika No 1 Bridge
Manuherika River
Manuherika River
Poolburn Gorge
Poolburn Gorge
Poolburn Tunnel
Poolburn Tunnel
Tunnellers Fireplace
Tunnellers Fireplace
Poolburn Viaduct
Poolburn Viaduct
Manuherika Valley - Tea stop
Manuherika Valley - Tea stop
Manuherika Valley
Manuherika Valley
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
The Other Side of the Station
The Other Side of the Station
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Ranfurly Station
Ranfurly Station
Macraes Mine
Macrae's Mine
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Maniototo Plain
Daisybank
Daisybank
Upper Taieri Gorge
Upper Taieri Gorge
Prices Creek Viaduct
Prices Creek Viaduct
Prices Creek Viaduct
Prices Creek Viaduct
Prices Creek Viaduct
Prices Creek Viaduct
Upper Taieri Gorge Tunnel
Upper Taieri Gorge Tunnel
Upper Taieri Gorge
Upper Taieri Gorge
Hyde Hotel
Hyde Hotel
Taieri Ridge
Taieri Ridge
Taieri Ridge
Taieri Ridge
Hyde Memorial
Hyde Memorial
Hyde Memorial
Hyde Memorial
Rock & Pillar Station
Rock & Pillar Station
Taieri Ridge
Taieri Ridge
Taieri Gorge Train
Taieri Gorge Train
Taieri Gorge
Taieri Gorge
Taieri Gorge Viaduct
Taieri Gorge Viaduct
En Route to Dunedin
En Route to Dunedin
The final dinner (minus Linda)
The final dinner (minus Linda)
Team photo
Team photo
View of Gorge taken from train
View of Gorge taken from train
Arthurs Knob
Arthurs Knob
Gorge from train
Gorge from train
Funny Lamb
Funny Lamb
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