Alarm at 6am and on our way at 7.30am, leaving 4 in the hut and 6 still in their tents. Managed to use the very full toilet too!
The morning was spent walking over open moorland that reminded me of North Yorkshire and again made me think of Hobbits. We stopped at the lovely Taipo hut for lunch of buckwheat crackers, cream cheese, lettuce, celery. Nine of last night’s companions were due to stay here, plus it seemed too early in the day to stop, so we decided to push on to Greenstone hut.
We soon came to the Southland / Otago border, where moorland gives way to forest.
The walk down to Greenstone hut was boggy, but not too challenging. We arrived at 6.30pm, making this our first 11 hour day. We are beginning to feel like real TA walkers! I prepared our second Gardener’s pie while Martyn put the tent up. We were surprised but very pleased to see cyclist David, with his bike, sometime later. He had made it through in about 11hrs as well. Amazing!
I’m impressed with all this. Jackie is going to do some of your diet stuff.
Thanks Phil. This leg was certainly less challenging than the previous one. Quite a challenge up next, if the weather improves enough to let us start! I’d love to know how Jackie gets on. Lots of support on Facebook e.g. Sue Dengate Failsafe Group
Wow all looks so amazing Well done 👍