'This is the place where souls come To be mended' Every year thousands of people travel to Central Otago to ride, or walk, the rail trail. Formally completed in 2000, the rail trail now hosts visitors and cyclists from all over the world. Its scenic and varied route stretches from Middlemarch to Hyde, along through the Ida Valley to Poolburn and Chatto Creek, then over to Alexandra and Clyde. Each year the rail trail grows in popularity with record numbers of tourists and travelers exploring Central's big open spaces. Annie Villiers and John Robinson are both rail trail aficionados. They've been visiting the region for years, in every season, sometimes on foot, but mostly on a bike. The spectacular Central Otago landscape, the excitement of the big skies and the ever magnificent weather has inspired these two to celebrate the Central Otago Rail Trail in their own unique way. Parallel Lines is a guide book to the area with a difference: a guide to the spirit of Central Otago.Annie Villiers' poems offer a melodic and insightful journey to the landscapes of childhood summers and the complexities of the heart, while John Robinson's exuberant, lyrical paintings express the colour, the joy, the utter splendour of the hills, the sky, the vistas of Central. This books celebrates the visionaries who, when the Central Otago railway line was closed in the early '90s saw the possibility and made it happen. With over 25 reproductions of John Robinson's images of the Central Otago Rail Trail and complementary poems by Annie Villiers, this handsome book will make the perfect gift or take-home memento. First published December 2007.