Day 92. Another Glorious Day. February 2, 2016

Day 92. Another Glorious Day.  February 2, 2016

21 km
Comyns Hut km 2258 to Manuka Hut km 2279

This magazine was in the hut last night and has a great article about the TA. Thanks to Dean, here is the link: http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/social-trends/treasure-trail/

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I loved most of today. The first part reminded me of the Gila River section on the CDT. I was constantly crossing the river and sometimes just walked up the river.

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Early on Yoel from Israel passed me. He had a horrible day hitching from Methven. I saw him hitching when I was in my first car (there was room for Yoel but the driver didn’t think so) and he didn’t get to the trailhead until 5:30pm.

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Then I climbed up to the saddle and had great views in both directions. I ate lunch there.

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Looking back from the saddle

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Part way down

I met Janet, a kiwi sobo section hiker from the North Island.  She was excited that she had been able to cross the Rangitata River and showed me on a map where she crossed. She took this photo of me….

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The landscape doesn’t look like the New Zealand I expected. It looks like a desert. But even here there are lots of boggy areas to get my feet wet. There are also sharp plants. At one point I was in the middle of thorn hell. Gorse and spear grass (a yucca like plant with very sharp spikes/spears on the ends of each leaf.) Ouch!

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Flat!

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I am sharing Manuka Hut with Pauline from France who is hiking the TA nobo. She told me a couple of her favorite huts coming up.

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8 thoughts on “Day 92. Another Glorious Day. February 2, 2016

    1. nancyhikes Post author

      A very interesting point in the article was about the choice of routing. It avoids the best and most popular places. That is why you need extra time after Bluff.

      Reply
      1. nancyhikes Post author

        Yes. So you can experience walking end to end of a country. Not so you see the best. But I have been concerned about the TA’S impact on the kindness of kiwis. Especially the ones that find their favorite huts too full.

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