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