Wet, wet, wet, only way to describe Spring in NZ this year. Oh there has been the occasional day during October that has been bright and sunny but it is usually only a day before the rain comes back again. We have to be thankful though – we did have a gorgeous winter and the forecast for the next four days is sunshine – yey!
Sunday morning and our guests departed early so we had the morning to ourselves. Stephen loaded the bikes while I cleaned up from breakfast and then we all (Ziggy and Nico included) headed out to ride the Bundy track south of Greymouth.
One thing rain does bring is plenty of spring growth. All the gorge bushes were in flower – an abundance of yellow. The grass was glistening in the sunshine and the buttercups gently swaying in the wind. It really was a picture of beauty.
The first section of the ride is gravel 4WD – a few puddles after the rain but nothing you couldn’t ride around. Then we entered the forest and the single-track and the colour went berserk! The sun would stream through the trees and everything was so vibrant and green. The smells were divine. Something to be said about riding through the forest after a fresh rainfall.
The single-track was pretty muddy and slippery so we rode with care as it basically following along a ridge-line. Most of the time you can’t tell but there are a couple of occasions where the track is narrow and the drop-off severe. Caution and care is required.
Back out of the bush and along some more 4WD forestry road. More cloud was clearing the day was getting brighter still. A fast downhill leads us to a slow climb back to the tops to return along the single-track and back to the car.
We can normally blast along the single-track on the way out as coming in is a gentle incline so you can enjoy the gentle decline on the way out. Not today though. None of us fancied getting caked in mud and the track was so slippery we didn’t want to risk disappearing down the bank either. That and the fact that going to quickly would have just ripped the track up and we don’t want to do that either as we want to ensure it remains enjoyable for others.
Even going at a steady pace rather than blasting back down, it is still a fun piece of track. Back at the car, loaded and ready for home. It was nice to be out in the sunshine.
The photos are pretty much true to colour. Stephen’s comment regarding the photos is that he has tried to keep the colour under control but spring is a very vibrant time on the Coast. Sometimes we just don’t see it!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation – bed & breakfast accommodation on the West Coast of NZ – north of Greymouth. The Breakers family enjoy getting out and exploring all the West Coast has to offer. Check out their other postings or website for things to see and do when you visit the West Coast.