NZ DAY 135
HEAPHY TRACK: Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai 17km (total Kms walked 1454)
We finished the Heaphy Trail today both of us exhausted. Not so much because of todays walk but from an accumulation of 15 days continuous walking roughly 200kms. That on top of the 32km day yesterday has really depleted the energy tanks. So really looking forward to our day of in Nelson tomorrow.
LOW LIGHT: Absolutely no view for most of the walk
Grateful for the end of the trail. Not because it's the end of walking but for what it signifies.....completion, success, our planning all went well. Today I am grateful for you my friend, Im grateful for you visiting my blog . I am grateful that by you reading, commenting and sharing this blog gives me the discipline to think about this AMAZING journey and write about it. This is important for my present happiness because it stops me taking it for granted and its important for my future happiness because I can look back and see how far I have come. So I am grateful for you more than I can say and more than you will ever know.Lastly I am grateful for nightly treaties. Most nights after dinner we have a treatise tonights treaties was cranberry and pistachio choccie.
NZ DAY 134
HEAPHY TRACK: Saxon Hut to Heaphy Hut 32KM (Total KM's walked 1437)
Today we were up and on the track early because we had set ourselves 32km to walk today. Lot's of river crossings today but all with bridges so it was a simple downhill walk. Camp tonight is very pretty grassy knoll overlooking Heaphy Beach. Lots of cheeky Wekas trying to steal all out bits and pieces. The sandflies where so bad tonight that when we got into our tent to sleep we thought it was raining......the noise was coming from hundreds of sandflies hitting the tent. Thank god we have a inner fly. So proud of myself today it was a long walk.
HIGHLIGHT: Coming into camp and seeing the beach
LOWLIGHT: Not being able to enjoy this beautiful place because of the sandflies
Grateful the Night for 2 reasons the amazing night sky and secondly without the dark we would never have the lights. Life mirrors natures so often think how boring life would be if it was always perfect. We have to have dark times to appreciate the good. I love like the soothing nature of night. It relaxes and unwinds. It quietly closes one day and prepares us for the next.
NZ DAY 133
HEAPHY TRAIL : Aorere to Saxon Hut 18KM (total KM's walked 1405)
Today the universe made sure we knew that she was in control. It was wet, windy and old. Unfortunately the climb up to the saddle was in vain we could see nothing. Arrived in camp to find that the camp spot had raised platforms for sites no flat ground, so we had a bit of a challenge rigging up the tent. The Spunky Rooster worked out what to do...it wasn't pretty but it worked.
HIGHLIGHT: Sadly no highlight today
LOWLIGHT: The bloody wind, it was cold, cold, cold
Grateful for solitude, I believe we all need to embrace aloneness as it is good for the soul. Today I am grateful for toilet paper in toilet. We have come close to running out and the alternative is not a nice thought. I am grateful for my gorgeous pillow it makes sleeping a dream.
NZ DAY 132
HEAPHY TRACK : Takaka to Aorere Shleter 15KM (Total KM's walked 1387)
Wow with the quick turnaround from Abel Tasman to the Heaphy track my legs are definitely walk ready but today my heart just isn't in it. The track is very well maintain pathway so it is an easy walk even though we climbed 900m it was slow incline over 15km. We finished the day at a shelter perch on the side of the hill with lovely views down into the valley.
HIGHLIGHT: None today a pretty average day
LOWLIGHT: the rain , it didn't start until we were in camp but hasn't stopped since we made camp.
Grateful for the ability to cook reasonably nice meals even on trail. Second chances. Forgiveness. The ability to say: thank you for that experience. Today I am really grateful for being a woman, I like the way The Spunky Rooster makes me feel precious.