Introducing Jenny McLeod
We love nothing more than to meet our trail users and find out what they love about the Queenstown Trail. Meet Jenny McLeod, long term Queenstown author, journalist and avid cyclist. We found Jenny on a rather cold spring morning whizzing underneath the old Lower Shotover Bridge, on route to the the Countryside Ride.
WHO? Jenny McLeod – I am a freelance writer and have lived in Queenstown for 40 years. I am the author of The Queenstown Book and editor of QT magazine and am involved in a number of other writing ventures.
WHAT BRINGS YOU TO THE QUEENSTOWN TRAIL TODAY? I am a passionate mountain bike rider and try to get on the trails during spring and summer two or three times a week. It is a fantastic way to catch up with friends, enjoy the environment and of course the coffee afterwards.
WHICH SECTION WERE YOU ON? On the Domain Road track en route to the Kawarau River Trail (part of the Countryside Ride).
WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST? Obviously the stunning scenery. Every trail has such a different outlook and aspect and the Kawarau River, which was protected as a wild and scenic river in 1995 following a petition to the Government signed by 2000 people, is a superb backdrop for this ride.
WHAT BIKE ARE YOU RIDING? Specialized Jett – 29er
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE QUEENSTOWN TRACK? It is difficult to separate one trail from the other – because each has its own special appeal. I obviously love the Kawarau River Trail through to Arrow Junction which I can access easily from my home via the Domain Road track. But equally there is nothing better than a ride on the Arrowtown trails through to the Bungy Bridge and on to the Gibbston Valley Winery for coffee. It’s such a diverse ride crossing the purpose-built Southern Discoveries and Edgar bridges high over the rivers and even a tunnel beneath the state highway! Pretty hard to beat for variety and scenery.
Thanks for your time Jenny and i'm glad the day warmed up on the trail, especially after a brisk ride. If you'd like to feature in #talesfromthetrail get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.