4.30pm National park backpackers (again!)
Just got back from our 4 day river journey but chilled to the bone, rained most of the day and no matter how hard I paddled couldn’t seem to warm up. Not helped by getting soaked in the trickiest rapids the Whanganui river had to throw at us in the final sections including the renowned and feared “50:50” in reflection of your chances of sinking or not. Every credit to the bro we made it through but with our canoe half submerged from the back waves (Chris reckons these were 3 foot high which may not sound much but consider that the sides of the canoe are less than 2 foot and you’ll appreciate that anything higher is a lot of water!)
So another 145km under the belt and another milestone with my 1300km achieved to date, and Chris is now well over his 250km. The canoeing certainly ups the mileage from walking and we’ve averaged 36km a day.
Got a few issues to sort. Each of my three tent poles have now snapped and repairs or replacement is needed. My socks have also worn through to holes so need new pairs.
Good news with clean bill of health on the lab result so goodness know what was giving me all those panic filled moments, perhaps my propulsive ejections got rid of it at the time?!
10.30pm in warm kitchen
Finally warmed up with 3 layers of clothing on, not looking forward to cold walk to bed in the tent (now with new poles acquired from lost property albeit nearly 10cm longer than original ones!) It’s that initial damp feeling of getting into the sleeping bag that is the worst. It is actually snowing here!
Had the longest hot shower I’ve ever had earlier which seemed to do the trick, put on my thermals and other layers on top and I was warm blooded again.
We had fish and chips for tea and got chatting to a Scottish couple who are here for five weeks. They’d had a disappointing trek on the Tongariro crossing today as didn’t see much but have had some great days already around the south island including flights over mount cook and kayaking Milford sound. They have been really generous and donated 30 pounds to cancer research.