Day 70

Drying my shirt rescued by my hero brother

Drying my shirt rescued by my hero brother

on top of Mt Pukeatua being very careful not to spill our last supply of food

on top of Mt Pukeatua being very careful not to spill our last supply of food

two old steamy wrecks been in the bush too long

two old steamy wrecks been in the bush too long

bushy bush

bushy bush

6.30am Wiatewaewae hut

Still dark but not slept much. Not sure why as certainly was tired. Got a fire going as clothes ( and camera ) still not dry. Camera lookks kaput but Please please please let my SD card at least be OK.

8pm summit of Pukeatua in tent

We are almost out of food, have little water and Chris is bereft of energy. We had to take breaks every 15mins rather than every hour to get us to the summit. This blog is beginning to sound like the last days of Captain Scott! Its not that bad really. We have pushed ourselves probably a bit too much on the Tararuas but tomorrow will now be easier with downhill all the way to Waikanae 17km away. I’m already thinking of the beers and food I will be able to eat! Chris is looking forward to walking on the flat of a beach which is what will be the next section

All we have is 100g muesli for breakfast (no milk), quarter of a jar of peanut butter, a spoonful of honey and half a dozen sweets to get us there, oh yes and three gingernuts too. It was almost laughable at lunchtime today as we shared half a boiled egg as the main item (the rest was crumbs of crackers with peanut butter and honey, half a orange and half a muesli bar).

Another tough day covering only 16km in 10 hours because of the steep terrain. My legs haven’t recovered enough from the rigours of the last 3 days so they are feeling more tired each day. Think it really got to Chris today too although he was keenest to press on rather than hitch into Otaki to resupply. I’m amazed he’s done so well and he is flaked out asleep now hoping to recharge overnight.

Nothing major to report on the trail, weather has been good again even if we were mainly in the bush. it was weird seeing people at the road end of the track after 3 days of seeing no one else. Lot of stream walking and there’d also been a big landslip on the track down to Otaki Forks and we had to go up and sidle round it which was a bit precarious. The toughest bit probably was the first km of this Pukeatua track which was dammed steep before is became a more gradual ascent.

Any way that’s about it for today, got to conserve my energy now we are rationing our food!

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