Up the creek without a paddle or the ride of a thousand river crossings.
We revisited one of our favourite rides over the weekend and it proved as good as ever.
Lots of mud, water and rocks to negotiate – plenty of old school fun. Perfect.
This is quite a technical ride with lots of variety. Don’t they say variety is the spice of life.
I was trying to remind myself of that as I huffed and puffed, dipped and dived, feet in, feet out……
Stephen had a little off, slipped on one of the creek crossings – rocks are so slimy and slippery. Have to admit whilst I was obviously concerned at hubby’s well-being I was secretly pleased just a little – glad it was him and not me – sorry love!
We were doing this ride as a loop – Cockeye Creek first – probably the most technical part with all the creek crossings and then a gravel road section to join up with No-Name. Previously we’ve done both of these sections on their own as in and out rides. It is always nice to join up as a loop though.
The road section seemed long – just enough grunting hill climbs to tire out the legs. Worth it for the views though. The road section is through a forestry block that has been felled recently opening up the views to the mountains – some of them still snow-capped.
Then we’re onto No-name – basically a 4WD track. This had been closed back in April due to a cyclone that came through and toppled many of the trees making the track impassable. The forestry boys had been in here though and done a great job to clear it out and open it up again for recreational use. Thanks team!
One final climb to pick our way up through the rocks and we’re onto the final downhill back to the car. The last downhill is in the native bush and it is a beautiful way to end a day out in the saddle.
Cockeye Creek – No-Name Loop – an old school ride. Great weather, great trail, great fun. Apple turnover here I come…..
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many wonders that help make up this beautiful region of New Zealand. Easy to see why The West Coast was named one of the top ten destinations in the world to visit by Lonely Planet.