Here I am having a wee 'rest' along the way.
This long drop was rated a 9/10- beautifully presented with great feng shui.
Really, the only thing letting it down was the lack of toilet paper (or socially acceptable alternative).
The spillway at Lake Ruataniwha:
Where Bad Santas go in Summer:
I had to laugh at the cheek of this guy- using the local council sprinklers to get a free car wash.
A great monument to what makes Twizel tick...
At the local campground I had a good night chatting with Kyle and Carly, a young Dunedin couple, a couple from Milan, and a Dutch pair...
Day 95. Another hot day, and my heart really isn't in it today. Struggle to walk , 70 kms to Tekapo and don't know where I will camp tonight... First, prairie land.
I wanted to get a few kms done today to make tomorrow easier. Eventually around the 45 km mark I found a shelter belt to stealth camp in, and to watch the sun set.
Day 96. After breaking down my wee stealth camp, I got cracking at 7 am to push through to Tekapo. I busted out the iPhone music today and this helped me to FLY!
Beware, miniature lions!
I spotted the Old Man Range and knew I was close... And by lunchtime I was gazing at the beautiful Lake Tekapo!
Day 97. So, the problem with pushing it is blisters and muscle strains. Who knew? I've decided I need another day out to rest. Hm. The good news? Seeing awesome stuff in Tekapo, meeting up with new friends, and realising I've passed the halfway point walking the South Island!
Dinner at the local Thai restaurant provided some tasty treats as well as light relief- anyone for wanton dumplings? :-)
Day 98. My second day in Tekapo and I have been busy organising my food drops and resupply for the next three weeks...