Day 4 was rough. We went from Owens river to Westport, on what we thought was a downhill. There were soooo many undulating hills, and we had to ride 120 kms. We were out of water at points and had the intention of stopping by at a bar/ grocery store at berlins, the only city, 90kms away from the start to refill our water and buy ice cream and other replenishments. Well, it turned out that the undulating hills added up to 2500′ elevation gain. Whaaaa?? Both me and kelley got stung by bumblebees, and the sandflies kept on following us! I have never had so many freaking bug bites in my whole entire life! We were so famished and rugged that a stranger stopped his van and passed out candies that definitely helped carry us to the end. And we got to the west coast!!
Kelley and I had to walk our bikes a couple times 😦
Our beautiful campsite at Westport.
We even splurged for dinner and had wonderful dinner in town. I guess that the beautiful thing about bike touring, we would arrive at a town, pitch our tent, and bike around the entire town to fi d groceries to cook or a place to eat dinner.
We decided that we should take a short day on day 5, only going 50km to punakaiki beach. Kelley lost a few of her back wheel spokes and had to replace them at Westport. The ride along the coast was gorgeous!
Brady in the Tasman sea
Today, day 6, was easy peasy, going 70km with 1000′ elevation gain. The day was slightly overcast which makes perfect riding weather for me (Brady likes it hot hot). We even stopped at the punakaiki beach where the pancake rocks are famous and tourists are plenty.
We got to hokitika, where the sunset is the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen.