Day 90. The Rakaia River and Methven. January 31, 2016.

Day 90. The Rakaia River and Methven. January 31, 2016.

19 km
Lake Evelyn on Harper Road km 2222 to Coleridge Road km 2241

The road walk out was uneventful. Brett and I hitched into Methven together. 2 hitches, 2 hours, 41 km.


Eventually the gravel turned to pavement


The Rakaia River

The Rakaia River is a huge braided river and so unsafe to cross that the official TA routing is to hitch around. It is listed as a hazard zone.  I needed more food anyway.

Methven is a great hiker town. It is small and easily walkable. It’s a ski resort town so it has great restaurants. The Mt Hutt Bunkhouse is great. I’m the only one in a 5 bed dorm room. Very nice.

Alex and Helen are here. Plus 2 other TA hikers. This afternoon Brett, Sean and Arno hitched back out to the other side of the river.

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