The Grandview Track in Hawea isn’t really a proper hike ‘n bike. It’s just a 2hr uphill slog followed by a fun 15min downhill – and a rather grand view in between.
As a duel-purpose track that had just been closed for 6 weeks for lambing, the Grandview Track was very fresh for yesterday’s hike ‘n bike mission. There were no signs of other bikes while climbing up the 9kms to the 1300m-odd peak. Well, until we were resting our tired muscles at the top, when one of the hardcore local, adventure racing types swings by on a “short climb” as part of his bigger cross-country loop.
There’s always someone who can put your small achievements into perspective, without meaning to.
The beauty of hike ‘n bike adventures, is the amount of ground you can cover. For us, this wee jaunt was a tester for bigger missions planned throughout the summer. It took us about 2hrs 30mins all up, with photo stops along the way. As a hike, it would have taken us at least double the time.
A perfect afternoon way to spend an afternoon…
More hike ‘n bike adventures to come throughout the summer, so watch this space!