NZ DAY 48
WHANGANUI RIVER: Jeruselum to Rivertime Lodge 39KM (Total KM's walked 870)
Woke up this morning hoping that the wind situation had improved over night. With the prospect of a hard paddle as well as three big rapids it was looking like a shitful day. Funny how your mind set has to change when there is no alternative but to paddle. We set of around 8am and it wasn’t long before the wind picked up again, so it was heads down and paddle. It wasn’t long before we hit the first rapid, which we successfully manoeuvred, same with the second. By the third rapid I think we were a little cocky, well what do they say pride comets before the fall. Let’s just say we got through, it wasn’t pretty but we didn’t end up in the water. This rapid is called 50/50 as about half the people who paddle it end up in the water, so pretty chuffed we made it through. To be honest I can’t take much of the credit as I panicked half way through and dropped my bundle a bit, it took a loud “paddle” from David to shock me back into action. Having made it through successfully we sat and watched other successfully and unsuccessfully managed the rapid. David got a great video of Sven & Sybil taking a spectacular spill into the water.
Made reasonable time got in around 5pm
We also called into the Flying Fox, the B and B we are going to do some volunteering at in January. It is so gorgeous. (see pictures below
HIGHLIGHT: Making it through 50/50
LOWLIGHT: Without sounding like a whiner I have to say the bloody wind.
Today I am grateful for the people we meet along the way, from other TA hikers to the people who offer accomodation, to people who are curious about what we are doing. Each interaction bring me joy and expands who I am as a person. I will be forever grateful for their contribution to my journey. I am grateful for the muscles I am growing and for the muscles that are continuing to recover daily. I am grateful for this life, I am so far out of my comfort zone, everyday I have to recite my mantra of fit, strong and capable to myself before I set of. If I didn’t I would freeze in the spot, it’s scary not knowing what the day will bring.