Days 15 & 16: Haast to Bruce Bay, Bruce Bay to Franz Josef
Picking Berries in Bruce Bay
Another two days of straight riding... Saturday, from Haast to Bruce Bay, it was the most perfect day we could ever ask for. As promised by the weather reports, we had a beautiful sunny day, although not too hot and we enjoyed the sunshine and the views all the way to Bruce Bay where we stayed with our best HelpX Hosts ever, Thomas and Rina! They are living on a beautiful farm with lots of animals and we had a great time hearing stories of how they met, and seeing Rina's amazing photographs, and sharing a great Czech dinner made by some of their other guests :)
Breakfast with Thomas and Rina!
In the morning, we had an incredible breakfast (Thank you Thomas!!!) which was a perfect start to the day. We had waterproofed ourselves up because it was supposed to be rainy on and off...which it was. Sunday was actually a pretty miserable day with it spitting the whole time, and even though it was only about 70kms, it felt like it took all day. I think we may just be losing energy. We took a break in Fox Glacier, but couldn't enjoy it because of the weather, and when we got back on the bikes it felt like torture, with 3 giant hills which we had to climb between Fox and Franz Josef. When we finally made it, we checked into the Rainforest Retreat, and got lots of junk food for comfort and just stayed in our room exhausted for the night...