Lovely guests visiting recently from Vermont – keen mountain bikers so thought it would be rude of us not to head out and show them some of our favourite local trails.
We were very much hampered by the weather so decided to stay close to home and give Lauren and Geoff a day off from driving.
Easy option and our “go to” rides when the weather is a little threatening is biking from home to Runanga and riding the Coal Creek Falls track and linking up with the Rewanui Incline.
Riding the road first is a nice warm-up for the legs – especially for me since I haven’t been on my bike for over a month now. Think this might hurt……
Finally on the track – nice flowing single track, winding its way down to creek level and then following it up and around to reach the Coal Creek Falls waterfall. Plenty of water in her at the moment after all the rain of late.
Turn around and head back out the way we came in. Means a little climb as coming in was mostly downhill. The climb out isn’t too bad though – or so I tell myself anyway. Lauren and Geoff do it with ease – this is day 14 of riding for them out of their 17 day holiday so far. Their legs are well tuned now for riding. Stephen, well Stephen never has any trouble!
Back through the village of Runanga with a compulsory photo stop outside the historic Miners Hall. Currently in the process of getting a new roof and then some major restoration work will begin to preserve this beautiful piece of West Coast and New Zealand history.
Lauren, Geoff and Stephen then head up the Rewanui Incline track but for me it is time to quit while the going is good and head back home ready for guest check-ins. The weather is still holding out for the crew and they take the nice meander up the incline as far as the old rail road goes before heading back down again. Lots of spring growth around. The incline is just that – an incline up for about 5kms and then a fast freewheel back down – fun, fun, fun, although a little chilly with unseasonal fresh snow on the mountain tops.
I soon hear the crunching of wheels on the gravel in the drive as they arrive back home with grins on their faces – perfect timing before a little rain shower comes through. All in all a good little ride coupled with some local history.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about exploring the West Coast and sharing their adventures. If heading this way, they are only too happy to help with suggestions on things to see and do.