2501 – 2528 Timaru River

Nice sunrise, long day.

We tried to get out early as there was a buildup of T.A. walkers at the river. Further up the valley we found out there was about to be a buildup of cyclists as well as the “Pioneer” bike race is on.

Angelynn wanted to take a slightly alternative route, basically ridgeline instead of valley, and I said I would join her. Good decision.

The first hill was fairly steep but we were entertained by the mountain bikers getting off and pushing their bikes. Angelynn was being very supportive, clapping and encouraging them, where as I thought cries of,

“Your almost halfway there!”

…had a definite downside to them.

Once on top of the ridgeline things got considerably easier and we were treated to one landscape on one side of us and another on the other.

I also found a hat. It is a little to small for me (eg: I’m slightly bigheaded) but it works. The beard on the other hand is terrible. How do people deal with them? The hair in your mouth, the left over food… not for me I think. Which is a pity because I always wanted one. Perhaps another trim.

2473 – 2501 Ahuriri River

Humans are an interesting species. Apparently very social. This must be true as out of the 4 acres of empty campsite, the french set up right next to me last night and then proceeded to wake up at 6:00am and make a hell of a racket.

It could be said that I didn’t want to get up this morning.

We still left before them.

My compliments to whoever did the tracks around Lake Ohau as they are relatively nice and well kept. 

This one led up a valley and over a pass and then down another valley and then I lost track. By the time I had realized that we hadn’t yet come to the end of the valley we were almost 10kms further on at the Ahuriri river.

Crossing wasn’t a huge problem although we did link arms in anticipation. Downstream to cross one braid and then up to cross two more. Nothing to it. Time for food and bed.