Sleeeeepppppppp………ok, so maybe it’s not that bad but definitely need some food! Just did an awesome ride – out on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. We’ve done it a couple of times before so I won’t bleat on too much about it but today we were showcasing it to a friend of ours.
Started at the village of Kumara for a change – right outside the Theatre Royal Hotel – good place to finish – figured we’d be ready for a cuppa and cake or definitely deserve it.
Shaz from Westport came down to ride with us. We picked an awesome day as it turned out – stunning winter’s day on the West Coast with clear sunny skies and hardly a breath of wind. The other good thing about Shaz being with us – besides her fabulous company, she had her camera so we now have proof my husband comes riding too!
First section we hadn’t done before – meandered through some native bush before taking us through some farm land to meet with the Kapitea Reservoir.
It was pretty cool doing this ride with Shaz as she hadn’t done it before and almost every corner she was blown away with the scenery. As much as we know it is stunning it gave us a real appreciation of it also. In all fairness we did have a magic day with great reflections, snow-capped mountains and the sun casting great shadows around the place. Just a typical winter’s day on the West Coast 🙂
Really cool too was the newly constructed boardwalk. Last few times on this ride we had to carefully pick our way through the swamp – generally pretty muddy so this boardwalk was quite the treat. Well done to the DoC crew, fantastic job!
It was a pretty fast pace – well I thought so, felt like it and typically I was lagging at the back. Managed to find ourselves a great lunch spot by the river in the sunshine – good to catch our breath and have a bite to eat. Didn’t hang around too long as bit of sun brings the sandflies out and they LOVE me. Nice spot though to soak up the scenery – bush, mountains and river – wow!
Onwards again, no time to hang around as we want to go further than our last effort and time is of the essence – the plan is to try and get a bit further along and discover a new section. We didn’t really know where we were going and had to be conscious of the time too – we still had to bike all the way back. Ended up biking probably around a further 10kms than the last time – maybe even 15kms but we did have to be sensible and pull the pin before reaching a destination per say to get back to the car before the sun disappeared and the temperatures dropped too much.
Although this is predominately a grade 1-2 trail coming in from Kumara it does seem to be a gradual incline which made for a much quicker trip back out. Good thing cos my legs are getting tired by now – if they weren’t tired enough already.
The last section back around the reservoir was getting cooler – even with the sun still up, the temperatures had dropped. My energy levels were pretty much zero – I was ready for the end. Back into the village and aaaahhh Kumara Theatre Royal Hotel – hello lovely!
Hot chocolate and boysenberry tart with yogurt for me thanks. Good job team – great ride, great company, great West Coast scenery – really what more could we ask for.
NB: Turns out we rode around 70-75kms off-road trail so don’t feel so bad now. 🙂
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Great West Coast scenery – native bush and beaches and rated #1 on Tripadvisor for accommodation in the Greymouth area.