BEAUT DUNEDIN SCENERY

… MORE PENINSULA CHALLENGE PHOTOS

I know I should be practising my guitar, but I want to show you the few more photos from my Sunday 16km walking race down the Peninsula.   Here they are: 

Away we all go, early on Mothers Day morning.  Straight away there's a big hill :)

Away we all go, early on Mothers Day morning. Straight away there’s a big hill 🙂

At the top of the first hill

At the top of the first hill

Me and my shadow

Me and my shadow

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On the downhill gravel road to the jet boat ride 🙂

Pretty views

Pretty views

Victory Beach is named after the steamship SS Victory that ran aground  there on the 3rd of July 1861.  The flywheel of the ship can be seen at low tide.  We were lucky enough to easily view it.

The steamship SS Victory departed Port Chalmers bound for Melbourne  carrying passengers, mail and cargo. It ran aground at the southern end of the beach  at around 6pm, a few minutes after chief mate George Hand took charge of the ship. Captain James Toogood ran the engines full astern for around 90 minutes, but the ship was embedded in 6–7 feet of sand, so the passengers and mail were unloaded.

Hand was found guilty of being intoxicated (DRUNK lol)  and in neglect of duty. He was sentenced to serve three months hard labour.  A month or so later the ship’s cargo, equipment and hull were auctioned off on the beach, recovering around £1,900 from an estimated value of £25,000. 

There is a bit of Dunedin history for you from the olden days.

After the boat ride, the dazzling 3.8km stretch of  Victory beach
After the boat ride, the dazzling 3.8km stretch of Victory beach
The SS Victory flywheel at low tide

The SS Victory flywheel at low tide

After walking along the beach we went through the sand dunes past two large outcrops of columnar basalt, these are  known as The Pyramids.

The Pyramids

The Pyramids

In the distance is the second last massive hill to get up!

In the distance is the second last massive hill to get up!

No ambulance for me :)

No ambulance for me 🙂

Yay the finish line

Yay the finish line

Time to rest and enjoy watching a mountain biker nearing the finish line

Time to rest and enjoy watching a mountain biker nearing the finish line

 

 

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