Its 0530 on Tuesday 5th Dec and we have been up for a couple of hours preparing (last minute rush) for the trip into Wellington airport. Its been a hectic last few days - especially organising the farm and home for an expected 5 weeks plus away. But we are almost there!!
We have a flight to Chch from Wellington this morning and then pick up West Coast Shuttles from town (after stocking up on gas and emergency lighter!). This should drop us off at the Bealey Hotel around 1700 (this is where we finished the last section of our trip back in April). From here it will be a relatively short walk down the road to Bealey Spur and then up into the hills to the Bealey Hut where we plan to spend our first night.
So .... the journey continues and we are hoping that the bodies will bear up to the strain so we can finish off the South Island in this hit - then it will be back home and hopefully straight into the Tararua section, which will represent the very last stage of our 3000+km walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff!!
I'll be, as usual, trying to keep the blog up as cell coverage allows :-)
It's Friday 8th and we are at Lake Coleridge just for the night before being out of reception for another 6 days or so. Had hoped to update the blog but with limited time I have been unable to get the camera to connect to the phone to transfer photos. I then thought I could use the photos I have taken on my phone and at least do an abbreviated one - then the bloody blogging software hung while trying to add an image to the blog. So I have officially given up for now - until I can get back to some reception and try and sort it out. Sorry :-(
We are currently at Mt Potts Lodge by the Rangitata for a short while and I have managed to add some photos below. Not sure when next days will follow!
We were dropped off at the Bealey Hotel about 1700 and only had a 3km or so walk back down the highway, followed by a 1.5km walk up into the hills to get to Bealey Hut for our first night back on the trail - so not much to report!
Belinda and Anthony (aka Tony) Hadfield made a decision, in their late 50's, to do something a "bit different" and walk New Zealand's 3000km Te Araroa Trail over summer 2015/16 - although updates will now tell you that this plan will take longer now!!. As the old saying goes - "don't leave home 'til you've seen the country"!!