Hiking Te Araroa - Hadfield's trail blog 2015/2016/2017
The ankle was pretty swollen this morning so I wasn't intending to do much other than try and rest it - hence I didn't leave the room too many times during the day. B went for an early morning walk as the church was very busy with tourists when we arrived yesterday afternoon. I took the opportunity to finally get the technology working sufficiently to update some blogs!
Discussing what the ankle might mean, we thought one way of making progress while giving it a bit of a rest was to cycle to Twizel instead of walking. It is a minimum of 34km to Pukaki that you have to do in one hit anyway, with a further 13km to Twizel. There was no way I could walk that far with the ankle so the bike seemed a great solution to the problem. The guys planned to leave early and try and do the 60km to Twizel walking. That was all sorted today so we are set for tomorrow hopefully. Have also booked another rest day in Twizel for recovery and a required resupply for the next stage to Wanaka.
Today was also a momentous day as I decided to retire my red Icebreaker hiking shirt. It was so full of holes from the pressure of the pack that it was starting to rub and bruise above my hip - couldn't throw it away though so it is still in my bag as an emergency! Now into my orange long sleeved version!
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"!!