my motivation stayed with me until dinner but was rapidly reclining within 5 minutes. washing up and brushing my teeth was all i could muster before crashing into bed. i got up once for breakfast the next morning but went back to bed immediately and stayed there until the afternoon. in the evening we enjoyed a couple of drinks and the view from the roof top terrace and recalled the highlights of the past weeks cycling together.
the next day we said goodbye at the railway station where jens and laurence hopped on board the taieri gorge railway to get towards the otago railtrail. the two of them would continue to the westcoast whereas i would take a more direct route back to christchurch.
i followed an invitation from maria and david whom i met at amberley a couple of weeks earlier. their house is a bit outside of dunedin and overlooking the ocean. here i had two wonderful rest days and started refreshed towards the central otago railtrail.