NZ DAY 114
ROUTEBURN TRACK: Routeburn Flat to Routeburn Shelter 8KM (Total KM's walked 1230)
Well today we had 8km to walk out to the finish of the Routburne track and it rained the whole way. But luckily not much wind. Discussion with the ranger this morning indicated that the track up to the saddle would most likely be closed today because of the wind so again the Universe has looked after us. If we had been able to get accommodations at McKenzie Lake we would have missed out on going over the saddle because of the weather.
HIGHLIGHT: The achievement of making it to camp it was a hard day at the office but one that was worthwhile.
LOWLIGHT: how bloody sore my knees are, coming down over shale and slippery stone took its toll.
Gratitude today has to be to the universe everything worked out perfectly enabling us to see some spectacular country side. Grateful for the Taj this tent is truly the best , we have room to live inside it, it stays perfectly dry and warm and is so light. Third gratitude then has to go to the Spunky Rooster who researched tents and found the perfect tent.
NZ DAY 113
ROUTEBURN TRACK: The Divide to Routeburn Flats Campground 27KM( Total KM's walked 1222)
What an epic day up at 5am to grab a lift to the start of the Routeburn Track. So in pitch blackness we started the climb up to Harris Saddle. By the time we had reach Lake Howden it look like the weather gods may have smiled on us again with the fog starting to lift. Reached Lake Mackenzie by 10.15am and we could see snippets of blue sky. So we forged on with the hope that when we reached the saddle it would be clear enough to get a great view.
Well the climb was interesting and very exposed to the weather . It did however give us glimpses of the valley (Hollyford Valley and Darren Mountains)and a couple of shots of the peaks but alas when we reached the saddle is was fogged in and bitterly cold from the wind. So we were resign to the fact that out 6 hour climb was not going to give us the views we had hoped and it is true that on the Harris Saddle it was like looking porridge.
However on the other side the views were amazing. mountains with snow, big valleys, waterfalls and small lakes it was SPECTACULAR. The walk down as difficult with the track cut into rock face of the mountain, and with the moisture in the air it was slippery. We finally made it down as it started to rain, the tent went up in minutes and everything was thrown inside a quick dinner in the shelter then back to the sanctuary of the tent.
HIGHLIGHT: The views
LOWLIGHT: Not quite nailing the weather at the top.
Grateful today for us, The Global Hobos. We have both adapted our behaviours to be able to negotiate this new life with joy and anticipation. Today we both put in a huge physical day to achieve an assault on the saddle within the a small window of opportunity...so proud of both of us. So grateful for our cozy tent. Grateful for the Spunky Rooster and his love and support.