Those that don't ride bikes struggle to understand the joy of being on the road with just you and your bike. Today was something quite special. I woke this morning to blue sky and snow on the mountains. After a leisurely breakfast I left late morning so the sun could have a chance to work on the roads as I was heading quite high again and I was very aware that there would be very slippery and icy roads ahead. In fact, overnight snow had fallen to road level as you can see in a couple of the photos below.
The trip through Lewis Pass was magical with snow capped mountains and not a cloud in the sky.
....and then it was on to the Wild West Coast popping out at Greymouth. I had already stopped at Reefton for a spot of lunch so carried on up the coast to Westport.
Once i arrived in Westport i decided to head further north as Rick, a reader of this blog had kindly suggested a short detour to Denniston, an historic gold mining area. What a great little detour it was too. Winding steeply up, I arrived to find awesome views down the west coast and was surrounded by a slice of new Zealand's mining history. Brilliant ! Thanks again Rick.
Tomorrow the plan is to head to Motueka, Nelson and Picton so I can catch the ferry back to the North Island.
I am feeling a sense of sadness as I am nearing the end of this leg of my journey as there is just so much to see in our little country and so many roads to ride on.
Thanks for taking time out of your day to follow my blog. Cheers, Nick.