The next day I head east to Merchiston, stopped for fuel (my fuel that is – pasta, pie, carrot cake, coffee, and a stock of muesli bars) and continued down the river, which involved far more pedalling than I would have liked, due to the wind… An evening fighting back sandflies was had at Lyell DOC site, cooking dinner while covering every single bit of exposed skin to deter the little rascals. There is a lot of history of major earthquakes in this region from almost 100 years ago. I have been told than given I’m here for another 6 weeks, there’s a good chance I’ll experience one – fingers crossed I’m in my tent in the middle of an open field at the time!
Today was a comparatively easy day taking me down to Westport on the coast, following the winding Buller Gorge which has some pretty spectacular scenery. The expected rain didn’t show thankfully – it’s now due tomorrow. I may take it as a rest day.