On the bike again, just can’t wait to get on the bike again,the life I love is out riding with my friends (aka hubby) and I can’t wait to get on my bike again (thanks Willie Nelson)
Well it has been a long time coming but I finally managed to get back on my bike. For one reason or another I just didn’t get the time over the busy summer season but this morning with no guests due in for a change I said to Stephen let’s leave the cleaning and go for a ride. He didn’t take any convincing.
Didn’t want to overexert myself on my first ride out so suggested we do some of the West Coast Wilderness Trail – Taramakau River to Kumara for lunch and then return. Easy riding and not to far, about 20kms return.
We parked up at the Taramakau road/rail bridge and headed off. The main section of this trail is an old tram-line and it is beautiful to say the least.
Running through the middle of the native forest for the most part but with pine trees amongst it also in sections – weird but actually kind of pretty to see the contrasting trees.
The ferns in here are gorgeous – and huge! It was lovely with the light coming down through the trees as they just seemed to speak to the ferns.
Part of the trail follows along the main state highway leading to Kumara. Plenty of vegetation between you and the road though so it doesn’t really feel like you are that close.
On the other side of the trail is farm paddock – sometimes filled with cows. We had one paddock with the most handsome of bulls – I know, but they were! Otherwise the paddocks were empty today.
Back in through some more native forest before negotiating the new swingbridge across the Kumara chasm. This bridge is awesome! Really cool today too as there were so many little fantails and tom tit birds fluttering about.
Bit more twisting and turning along the tram-line and we eventually come out in the little village of Kumara outside the Kumara Theatre Royal Hotel – our lunch destination.
After a quick bite to eat and something to drink it is time to turn around and do it all in reverse.
Doesn’t matter that we’re doing the exact same trail we rode in on, it is so lovely and seems quite different in the opposite direction but every bit as pretty.
Legs are starting to get a little tired – come on it was November that I was last on my bike!!!!
Times like this I’m super glad hubby is a photographer – stop now, wait, go back translates to rest, rest, rest 🙂
Back to Willie…… On the bike again, like a band of gypsies we go down the trail, we’re the best of friends, insisting that the world keep turning our way, our way. On my bike again, I’m so happy to be on my bike again…….
Well maybe until tomorrow when I think things might hurt a little – no pain no gain though eh!
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 of the West Coast. Click this link for further information regarding the West Coast Wilderness Trail.