We overslept. Neither one of us wanted to get up from the comfortable beds of the cabin.
Today, we had another full day of riding to do to Greymouth – the biggest city on the West Coast. From there, we are planning to stick around for about 3 days and explore the nearby national parks.
The day was moving with difficulty. After about 25km, we stopped in a small town called Reefton for ice cream and a meatpie.
There, we raised a difficult discussion about the trip. As great as the bikes are, it turned out to be more difficult than expected to cover a lot of distance, so we are running behind schedule. Additionally, we usually wind up so tired at the end, that we have little energy to do anything else.
On the other hand, it is a very interesting experience… albeit not an easy one. We learned a lot about ourselves, about each other, about being completely self-sufficient and what we are capable of.
However, after 450km of biking, the question stands – how can we get more done within the 3 weeks that we are here?
My conviction is that we need to finish what we started and finish at our intended destination in Queenstown. However, we may need to make a few adjustments along the way to make sure that we get more of the country in along the way. Otherwise, at our current pace, we’ll just need to continue cycling for the next 2 weeks, 8-10 hours a day non-stop. With a 3-week limit, it would just cause us to miss too much of everything else.
So, what we may end up doing is taking a shuttlebus from Greymouth to our next location, setting up basecamp there, and then exploring the nearby sights by bike and then continue to move forward as planned. At least, this way, we could keep our distances a bit shorter, as we’ll have a little less to go until Queenstown. Plus, this way we’ll have time for hiking and sightseeing, as well.
Ohh and yes, we made it to Greymouth after a 110km ride today! Our biggest one-day record yet! Tired, but victorious!