We woke early at just gone 6am freezing cold, despite being fully dressed and wrapped up in a sleeping bag, and took it as a sign to hit the road, if only to warm up. Due to a shorter day then planned yesterday we had 80km to do to make it to Duncan’s, our WarmShowers host down the coast in Greymouth.
The ride was broken up naturally into a few sections. First up we rode through native bush and finally after 30km found an open cafe just north of Punikiki where we had a breakfast of tea and chips.
Shortly after we arrived at the famous ‘pancake rocks’ and asked a few questions to the blowhole.
This was an interesting and worthwhile stop, but was also a Mecca for tourist buses so we were glad to get back on the bikes.
The road was now right on the edge of the cliffs and we could feel the huge waves breaking beneath us. The route climbed a bit here, but nothing you would call high, and gave us some great views.
After a further 15-20km the landscape flattened out and the road pulled back inland from the sea a bit.
We stopped for lunch at a closed down pub and still part time backpackers and were treated to a fabulous west coast welcome by the owner.
Ps this place is for sale so if you fancy a change of pace and have 250k NZ$ spare give him a call.
On the ride into Greymouth we saw 4 other tourers going north, two on their own and a couple each riding recumbents. I still don’t quite understand how they get up steep hills, but the guys riding them were loving it.
Talking of recumbents it turned out our host Duncan was a BIG fan and had about 5 in his shed! He was not messing about with them either as he rides Audax, that’s 200-1200km time limit rides on them! Talking to him made me want to go for proper big miles when we get back so watch this space…