A Song of the West Coast Wilderness Trail

Milltown Valley | West Coast | Lachlan Gardiner
Milltown Valley | West Coast | Lachlan Gardiner

West Coast Wilderness

(To the tune of "These are a few of my favourite things"- Sound of Music)

Composed by Liz and Glenys

Riding our e-bikes and going up switchbacks

Crossing swing bridges Then missing the next track

Steve coming by with the coffee and drinks

Rob then outlines all the trails coming kinks


When the wind blows, When the sun shines

When the forecast’s bad

We simply keep riding our wilderness trail

And then we all feel so glad


Bus trips from Christchurch o’er mountains and rivers

Crossing the plains till a red light said “Stop” here

Mucked up our timetable, made us all late

Missed out on coffee by Nicole’s farm gate


When the beer flows, when the rocks blow

When we view the sights

We thank ‘Venture South for the many delights

We're pleased that we came along


There’s Donald and Helen and Kathryn and Robyn

There’s Trevor and Sharon and Margaret and Glenys

There’s Michael and Liz and that young fellow Geoff

The fastest, best group that came this way we bet


Lots of good food, lots of forest, lots of scenic views

But heads down, keep pedalling, boost power, change gear

Is what we all do each day


Rob can identify flora and fauna

Tells us a story of towns round the corner

Names every mountain and river we pass

Is up on the soil types that make such good grass


Maori folklore, tales of gold mines

Yarns of days of yore

He knows all the names of the flowers and the trees

Knows farming and e- con- o- mies


Steve fixes bikes when there’s something that goes wrong

Taking off chain guards, it won’t take him that long

Rides at the back of our eclectic group

A gen-e-ral whose look-ing after his troops


Waits for lost ones, buys the lunch buns

And provides the drinks

They're friendly and cheerful and really good guys 

But now we must say our goodbyes

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