Whew – I’m officially pooped! Don’t know what possesses me to do these things to myself sometimes – good for me you say, well maybe. Remind me of that later…….
Stephen and I had a gap between cleaning and new guest arrivals – topped with an absolutely stunning day we decided to head out for a quick spin on our mountain bikes up the Rewanui Incline. This is usually about an hour and a half bike ride return from home so nice way to shake out the cobwebs.
First hill – right outside our drive and my legs were going “what”! We didn’t go far – just to the top for the Strongman Mine Memorial lookout and a quick bite of a sandwich as we hadn’t had our lunch yet. The views from the lookout are stunning. Of course we have stunning views from home but thought it would be nice to take advantage of the lookout and seating and do something different – even if only 2 minutes from home. aaaahhh the things we do sometimes.
Onwards again as we have to bike along the main highway for about 6kms before we start the actual ride proper. It isn’t single track, it is an old disused railway line heading up a valley to an old coal mining area so basically a gravel 4WD track. Known as Rewanui Incline. Incline – yes incline, so gentle meander up the valley. I tell myself gentle but today it felt like a slog – and that as it turns out was with a tail wind. Didn’t feel like a tail wind and I haven’t been out on the bike much lately so the legs were screaming at me. Not happy, not happy at all. Got to be good for me though eh! Stephen just spins along – he makes it look like a doodle – easy peasy.
Finally the top is reached – our turn around point being a little creek where the incline finishes. My feet were aching and I was stifling hot (yes that is a very red face you see) so off with the shoes and socks and just sat with feet dipped in the water to cool down. Worked a treat too.
Time to head back down – the clouds are starting to accumulate over the mountains and there was rain forecast for the afternoon. Didn’t think it would eventuate given the gorgeous conditions when we left but with the speed of the cloud coming in we might just have to rethink that. Pretty sure I left all the windows open too – darn!
The ride back down the incline is way quicker than the ride up, still a bit of peddling but mostly just free-riding. We do notice the head wind though and I’m like “great going to have to fight this for the last hill climb to home”.
Yep – I did and I was shattered to say the least. Not ashamed to admit it – but home now, managed to beat the weather. Glass of milk (helps revitalise you – honest it works!), shower and then some relaxation while waiting for the guests to arrive. In all fairness it was nice to shake out the cobwebs even if I am moaning…… 🙂
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the region. Check out their other postings for ideas on things to see and do or their Facebook page for photos of the region.