Greymouth to Hari Hari 109. Km
Fine but cool start but a pleasant tail breeze that was to stay with us for nearly all the ride straight sth. Stopped for a coffee break at Hokatika which looks a real tourist town probably associated with the trans Alpine trains from Christchurch.
Graham left ahead of the rest of us cyclists as he wanted to control his own pace after a hard day yesterday. He just kept on going time trial mode and we never saw him till we arrived at Hari Hari about 2 pm.
We had an interesting stop at a small gold mining settlement of Ross and got to chat to the locals who have this very unusual house right on the corner of the main rd thru Ross. We got to meet a guy named Ray. Knight who was a serious cyclist in a former life- mainly trackie – who was from Christchurch. he won a bunch of national awards in the early 70’s Ray has given up on the bike but admits to the odd ride on the ” local bicycle” Mostly now they just drink beer and watch the world go by , which they were doing at midday.
the ride was again marked by great scenery and some rivers with milky green waters hinting to glaciers above in the impressive clouds shrouded mountains – probably get the wet weather forecasted for tomorrow