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18.03.2020 Otago coast. Our cycling guide does not suggest a route between the end of the Alps2Ocean track and the closest bigger city, Dunedin. To connect these two places we had to cycle for a bit along State Highway 1, which was busy but provided a wide shoulder in most parts. When we could get away from the highway, the Otago coastal region showed us its beautiful wildlife and natural curiosities like the Moeraki Boulders, perfectly spherical rock formations at a beach. Seals, Yellow Eyed Penguins and a lot of birds were the animals we could spot. We could observe the most majestical one of them, the albatross, with a wingspan of three metres, during a spontaneous evening excursion to the Otago Peninsula with our Dunedin hosts. Kel and Sharon received us last minute and shared a lot of cycling stories with us, having cycled the US from west to east in 2017. They also provided us with plenty of useful information for our next chapter, cycling the Catlins, and coincidentally both of them used to be scouts when they were younger. Kel showed us his badge box and scarves and told us the stories connected to them. Dunedin is very much influenced by Scottish culture and architecture, as the first settlers came over from Scotland. One tourist attraction of the city is Baldwin Street, which was the world's steepest street until 2019. Addy managed to cycle up the 350 metres but felt very bad for half an hour afterwards. #scoutbound #nz #newzealand #dunedin #baldwinstreet #otago #kiaora #otagopeninsula #oamaru #steampunk #seals #boulders #moerakiboulders #moeraki #scouts #dpsg #worldbycycling

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