NZ DAY 11
PUKATEA RIDGE TRACK : Apple Dam Campsite to Puketi Forest HQ 24KM ( total KM's walked 215)
After my great effort yesterday washing all the clothes I left them out overnight and it rained so David shorts got soak.so he walked in his undies
Today was heaven and hell. The morning was an amazing walk in a stream, absolutely beautiful. Amazingly surreal. The only noise was the tinkle of the water, both sides of the creek lined with thick green bush. Then BANG we were back on the deplorable forrest track. Landslides everywhere, the track was a 20-30cm cliff edge goat track with a 5 m drop. Twice I slipped of the edge and fell, grabbing tree roots to stop my downward tumble. Then had the arduous task of trying to get my big arse back up onto the track. David was amazing once coming down to where I had slipped to and pushing me back up and once pulling me back up over a tree. Totally exhausted we walked into camp and I was spent both physically and emotionally. I walked into the hut and there were people everywhere so I walked out, still with pack on and sat outside and cried. Some poor guy came out to find me sitting in the rain pack on crying, he didn’t know what to do so asked if I needed to help to get my pack off. Looking back it was a funny situation.
HIGHLIGHT: The serenity of the creek walk
LOWLIGHT: The condition of the track.
Today I am so grateful for being alive . I am in awe of how beautiful but harsh nature can be and how amazing my body is and it’s ability to recover. I am grateful for the serenity of walking the stream to give my mind space to calm down. Grateful for my gorgeous partner who nursed and encourage me through the forest with patience and love.