Betty and Nancy getting itchy wheels with fire bans in place and all our Mt Bike parks, tracks and trails closed around the region. We are loving this long hot dry summer but we desperately need the rain so we can get pedalling again.
In the meantime short rides and coffee dates to the beach.
Now it is not often you get to be tourists on your doorstep but why not……heaps of excuses no doubt but when you have paradise on your doorstep you need to get out and enjoy it.
So off we go……..departing Nelson Saturday 8am.
Got to love the Great Taste Trail in Nelson
The start of eating and drinking our way on the GTT. “Coffee in the paddock”. So kiwi having a coffee with the sheep and horses…..
Rabbit Island the iconic Mapua ferry then on to Jester House and the ride over the hills to Tasman.
Day 1 completed with ice cream in Motueka and an awesome stay at the Mot campground with a few beersies and winesies. Got to love how you can eat and drink anything whilst bike packing and summer is feeling like it has arrived in Nelson.
Day 2: Motueka – Nelson 65km with a few food and drinkie diversions.
What an awesome day being a tourist in this magical region. Mapua ferry back to Rabbit Island, Seifried wine tastings, Grape Escape cafe, Te Mania vineyard for more vino sampling, bumped into Santa at Eye Bright, had our first berry ice cream for the season, and the day finished with a beer at Styx.
So lucky to have this on our door step.
There will be many more nights away like this over summer……………let us know if you keen to come along for the ride.
note Betty and Nancy enjoying some time out in the background.
We have had the most fabulous month in NZ catching up with family but it is now time for the adventure to begin.
No more sleeps to countdown, currently at Brisbane airport and tonight we are off to Bangkok to start our cycle trip. After 3 nights in Ayutthaya (100km north of Bangkok) getting our bikes all sorted we will be making the journey south/east in Thailand to the Cambodia border.
As in the past our plans are very loose and we will be winging it much of the time, but we do hope to keep the blog up to date over the next 6 months or so while we are in Asia.
We never planned on selling Cambria St, but at the same time we never planned on being residential landlords. So after owning our little home for 2 years, after one week on the market we are all sold. Exciting times but Nelson you will still be home after being our base for 11 years, and we will be back at some stage, even just for holidays.
Karen and Annette at Summit you guys are absolutely awesome.
After a cold few winter months it is feeling surreal to have finished up work, sold the car and the little house now rented out. Farewell to Nelson and our wonderful friends but we will see you soon for sure. Just time to keep moving and chase the warmer weather for a while starting in Vietnam. Bring it on as the countdown is now over……..
With the Wildnerness trail on the bucket list it was great to get it underway and even better having the Dravitzkis join us. After the drive over to Greymouth what a cruisy start to the ride with a flat short ride to Kumara. We hit the jackpot with our accommodation at Maggie’s.
Day 2 Kumara to Lake Kaniere 50km
Can’t believe how lucky we are with the weather. The heavy rain forecast didn’t arrive. So a magic day of riding on the most incredible trail through stunning scenery with fantastic company. Arrived Lake Kaniere homestay with the most hard case host Grant. One of the Coasts colourful characters.
Day 3 Lake Kaniere to Hokitika 23km
The rain arrived over night and we awoke to a light drizzle but perfect timing it cleared just as we loaded up the bikes. Once again a lovely trail as we departed Lake Kaniere and arrived at Hokitika. Wildnerness Trail ticked off and was absolutley awesome! Great few days on the bikes and stunning scenery.