Day 98. A Hot and Social Day. February 8, 2016.
The side of Lake Pukaki km 2416 to Twizel km 2453.
I was tired this morning. I wonder why.
I started walking at 7. I didn’t get water last night because the lake was down a steep cliff. It took forever for the road to turn back to the lake.
I walked down a dirt road. There were 2 people and a campervan.
Zirkle and Ralph are from Hamburg, Germany and have been together 35 years. They are spending 4 months here in a campervan. We had a great conversation about traveling, hitching and German guilt from WW1 and 2. They didn’t want me to have to drink lake water. I walked away with water, an apple and a pear. Fresh fruit is better than gold out here.
Later I took a break for a 2nd cup of coffee.
Since I got to the lake last night I’ve been walking on the Alps to Ocean Cycling Path. Yesterday I didn’t see any bikes because it was so late. Today about midmorning I started seeing quite a few.
One group in particular I played leap frog with. A group of 10 from a Sydney cycling club is doing the complete 300 km ride. Jenny rode next to me for a couple kilometers and we had a nice talk about the TA, the A2O trail and the time flew by. The next time I saw them they were in the water and shouted to me to jump in. I did and it felt wonderful.
The last 10 km was without shade and very hot.
When I got to the town of Twizel, I checked into the backpackers and just sat and drank water for over an hour. Finally I took a shower. Luckily I phoned for a bed this morning because there was no vacancy when I arrived.
When I was going to resupply I met Bloody Mary just getting to town. I met her in 2014 on the PCT. She was sobo. I was nobo. She started several weeks after I did and I was hoping I would see her when she passed me. Once again, it’s a small thru hiker world.
Now that I have walked from Lake Tekapo to Twizel I think a bike would have been a great option. Plus the next 33 km to Lake Ohau is on road and cycle path. But I am walking.