2307 – 2315 Geraldine

Today was a short day. The wind didn’t blow in the night which was a relief because it meant I had a fantastic sleep. It was probably 8:00am by the time I crawled out of my sleeping bag.

The great thing about today was that we got to go to Edoras from the Lord of the Rings. Otherwise known as Mt Sunday.

It was spectacular. You could look across the river plains and up into the mountains where thick snow glistened blue white. There were quite a few people there which was amazing because the movies were done so long ago (2003). One of the tours gives people fake weapons, very funny.

We were going to  stay the night on the mountain but it became rather windy. Also we had to get around the Rangitata so we decided to hitch out to Geraldine. This proved to be comparatively simple. One car, 60m walking, Geraldine. Insanely lucky.

We also got some advice for getting to the trail head by calling Wayne who would take us up for $150 and then ran into some other T.A. people who would share so the whole ride only cost us $40 each.

Geraldine is nice. I would have liked to stay longer. Plus the backpackers has a guitar. Always a bonus. I sat outside and played it while drinking a glass of wine but for some reason wasn’t very inspired.

Hindsight

  • Mt Sunday is worth going to and due to tourism is easy to hitch from.
  • Rawhiti Backpackers is good and has a piano and guitar.
  • Wayne is from Alps2Ocean.

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2277 – 2307 Lake Clearwater

Breakfast at Double Hut was incredible if only for the view. I sat on the grass surrounded by rabbit shit with a cup of tea and a re-hydrated meal and soaked it in.

Angelynn has decided she is going to leave us as she wants to complete the journey before her flight. It appears the slackpacker life can no longer be hers.

Still, we all started off together and walked to where Hakatere Road diverged from the track, gave her a hug, and then watched her dwindle into the distance…..OK, that part is purely metaphorical. We did turn around after a 100m or so but she had already disappeared. Maybe a testament to her awesome hitching powers, possibly because she is so fast, but more probably because there was a bloody hill in the way by then. We waved anyway.

After that it was pretty much walking over a baking hot plain, through a valley, a saddle with a dead lake, and then down towards Lake Clearwater.

It’s a little bit windy up here at the moment. The forecast is saying about 150km wind gusts but we haven’t seen anything near that yet. Hopefully we won’t as my present camping position is so exposed that it is in danger of getting me arrested. A couple of large rocks have been placed on strategic pegs to give me hope.

Tomorrow we will be going to Mt Sunday, location of Edoras in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Hindsight

  • Sometimes you do see people again.
  • At around 7:00pm a guy turned up who had already walked 50km and wanted to reach the river (10km away) before nightfall.

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