Day 100. Tiptoeing thru the Cow Poop. February 10, 2016.
Freehold Creek km 2489 to Farm track after Birchwood carpark km 2521
100 days! That’s a milestone. Or is that kilometerstone? It just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
The climb up to the saddle was easy and nice.
Then it was tussock bashing all the way down.
I saw 2 Australian guys going the opposite way and stopped and talked to them for a few minutes.
I crossed the Ahuriri River. Just over knee deep in a couple places.
I got to the Birchwood carpark just before 6. I needed to get water before I camped. It took me two and a half hours before I found a place to set up my tent that was reasonably flat and didn’t have tons of fresh sheep and cow poop all over. There were sheep everywhere so I was also hoping to find a place I wouldn’t have wooly visitors in the night. I got some water and carried that for 90 minutes. I finally got to a gate. That was the end of the live animals. But there is still $hit everywhere. Most of it is old which is much easier to deal with. Just kick it out of the way. And it doesn’t smell as bad. I ended up in a great flat spot with a view of the way I will be hiking tomorrow.
Oh, the irony of enjoying my dinner of rice and beef mince and hating the process of producing that beef.