Afternoon outing on the mountain bike

Despite the forecast being fine for the weekend it was one of those days….. overcast, occasional drizzle and Stephen and I seriously lacking in motivation.  We had grandiose plans during the week of heading off for a great adventure on our mountain bikes over the weekend.  It was to be a reasonably long ride but a fun ride with a bit of technical riding required, some fun downhill and killer climbs.  Not to be – not that rain normally stops us heading out but it was pretty darn cold too – yep making very lame excuses here……

mountain biking Coal Creek falls waterfall walk

Head out we did though – just not the adventure we had planned.  We kept it simple, biking from home and did a run down Coal Creek Falls waterfall track and then up Rewanui Incline.  These are our staple tracks without having to drive anywhere.  Normally we’d do one or the other for a leg stretch but we put the two together this time to make our ride a little longer and more worthwhile for getting miles in the legs.

mountain biking coal creek falls track

Jan and views to Coal Creek waterfall

They may be our staple tracks but they sure are fun.  Coal Creek falls has just enough in it to keep it interesting – fast and flowing, twists and turns, sharp incline, long downhill, long climb and of course beautiful NZ native forest and a fantastic waterfall.

Jan being a dork Coal Creek falls walk

Jan being a dork Coal Creek falls walk

Jan being an ever bigger dork coal creek falls walk

Jan being an ever bigger dork coal creek falls walk

I do some posing for Stephen – yep total dork but hey adds to the fun of the ride……

out of the tunnel Rewanui Incline

Then we are off for the climb back out.  A bit of a bike ride along the road to our next track the Rewanui Incline.  This is a – well a grind really.  Good training workout.  About 6kms long – an old disused railway incline gently heading up into the valley.  It passes through a couple of tunnels before ending – for our ride anyway at the creek-bed – our turnaround point.  We’ve packed an extra layer – usually needed at this time of the year for the descent back down.  Always amazes me what a slog something can be coming in and how much fun and how quickly you get back down.  You pretty much have to pedal the whole time but down is down and I’ll take it thank you.

Views from Strongman Mine Memorial and lookout at Nine Mile beach - home

Last section is the road section back home.  About 7kms along the main State Highway with the last 4kms following the coastline.  Just before home we get great views from the Strongman Mine Memorial and lookout of Nine Mile beach – our place.  Home sweet home.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy the outdoors and getting out and exploring as often as possible.  Check out their other blog postings or their website for more information on things to see and do on the West Coast.


About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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2 Responses to Afternoon outing on the mountain bike

  1. bulldog says:

    Another great share of such wonderful places for you to visit… how you get the courage up to venture out in the rain and cold I don’t know… when the cold really sets in here I don’t want to go out for a cigarette forget a bike ride… but then you’re young and fit and still a little adventurous… LOL


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