Woke up reasonably early this morning - it had been windy all night but, as noted earlier, we were in a pretty good spot. We got underway just before 0700 and ended up doing just over 30km today in about 8.5hr walking time. GPS track for the day is here.
The first 22 km of today was on gravel road so not much change in the walking surface, although we did try and get off onto grassy patches beside the road where possible. We also came up behind a mob of several hundred merinos being driven along the road by a shepherd from Glenthorne Station. We had a brief chat but a truck came up behind soon after and we took the opportunity to go past the mob behind the truck.
The rugged scenery helps ease the pain of the road walking, as did wandering past Lakes Selfe, Evelyn and Georgina. Apart from a couple of breaks in the shade (temp in the mid to late 20s) we stopped to chat to a retired couple at Lake Georgina for a bit (he was fishing for trout). Other than that it was basically a 22km road slog with nice scenery!! We broke for lunch just before we got off Harper Road - nice spot beside the road in the shade of some willow trees.
We then progressed onto Homestead Rd for a short walk to a stile that took us initially onto farmland (Lkae Hill Track) before leading us to a lake-edge track that was a little dodgy in places ! :-) A brief climb up and over to avoid a bluff was followed by a little more up and down farm walking (having to follow poles close to a track but not being allowed on the track because the poles followed a legal public right of way was a bit frustrating at times, but such is life). We eventually got onto Coleridge Intake Rd to take us towards the village.
We then followed Coleridge Intake Rd for a bit until branching off into an arboretum, primarily conifers, planted by a previous superintendent of the power station, from the 1930s onward, from memory. This took us downhill towards the power station and village. Included in this was a short section alongside the penstocks which feed the water from Lake Coleridge to the station.
We emerged from the arboretum and walked a short distance down the road to Lake Coleridge Lodge where we were the only guests for the night. Just as we reached the Lodge we had a brief chat with a young kiwi, Rory, who was heading northbound. Met our host, Kevin, who showed us to our nice little room. We partook of some cold drinks from the fridge - later followed, in my case, by a nice cold beer! It was a very pleasant place to put our feet up for the night. We had also sent a food parcel here so Kevin retrieved that for us so we could organise the next stage of our trip.
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"!!