Today I’m going to visit the Pancakes, then I will move toward Westport. I want to be close to the city centre tomorrow. Westport is the second biggest city of the West coast after Greymouth.
I had a good night but I wasn’t in a good place as expected. I camped beside a track where it’s normally forbidden. But I didn’t find anything else yesterday night. This track is also available at night for cyclists. At exactly 5:53am a light was pointed onto my tent and then some bicycle passed me… Anybody stopped, Fiou! So this morning I woke up early (7:00am) to avoid any problem with a ranger or anybody else. It’s now 8:04am and I’m ready to ride :-)
The sun is slowly reaching the rocks over there.
It’s not as dark as the picture shows but the sun is just behind that mountain and feels powerful already.
That’s a good place to see what’s happening around :-)
Aaah, a creative letter box again. People of South island are not as creative as North island people I think. But there is exceptions :-)
It’s much better to take pictures behind me otherwise I have the sun in my face.
I’m getting close to the pancakes apparently.
Pancakes are rock formations created by nature “using” the erosion process :-)
The vegetation around the place is wonderful!
Punakaiki, Pancake rocks, Blowholes.
The first view is good but the pancakes are not clearly visible yet.
The adventurers’ path ;-)
Ah, this lookout is much better!
Here, that’s a pancake rock :-) It is like there are pancakes stack on each other. I start to feel hungry now!
There are all around now.
Ah, different shape there.
They are more visible on the left part.
These are nice stairs :-)
The blowholes! It’s better to see and hear that blowhole during high tide but I should wait two hours and a half and I don’t want to take that time.
For Maoris, those rocks represent face shapes.
That’s my next direction!
I feel like I’m in Jurassic park now.
The vegetation is growing everywhere. It’s so dense!
OK, too much landscape today but I don’t like taking pictures of me. Just one :-)
Roh! The road is nice from here. A long downhill :-)
The old bridge.
The new one. Not the same style…
I think it’s my last hill for today. I wanted to stop before Westport but finally I will go in the city centre. I should arrive around 4 pm so I will have time to go to a cycle shop. I’m going to spend more money for my bike again…
That’s Westport there :-)
And the main street.
Yep, I’ve spend 60$ more but this time I have a tool to verify my chain. So I will know when I must change it. That’s better than changing the drive train again!
I won’t see the sunset this evening as well because there is a big layer of clouds sticking on the horizon.
But it’s OK like this :-)
The port :-)
I’m now at the end of the main street. I’m having a tour around to find a good place for tonight.
Romilly street! It’s so strange because, this afternoon I’ve seen that street but thought it was my imagination. But no, it’s real! And fun!
I’ve followed a panel with “beach” and now I’m on a wharf…
Yep, no sunset.
I’m cleaning my chain front of this cool landscape ;-)
The airport is on the right side. I would like to camp onto the left side but I don’t know if it’s a good idea.
Nice colours :-) let’s find my place now, it’s getting dark. Good night!