We woke up today around 7am and got ourselves together. Bill gave us a lift to the Cora Lynn Road junction for a small fee, and we started the trail following the Harper river at around 9.30am. My pack was really heavy with around 10 days worth of food – which is really too much, and essentially all I’ll need until the end of my trip in Tekapo in 190 short Kms time.
The trail was great, and was initially pretty steep through beech forest and pine before heading up in tussock around Mount Bruce to the Lagoon Saddle.
We reached Lagoon Saddle hut around 12.30pm where we met Phil again, and had a quick break. From there it was downhill to the Harper river, which we crossed easily, numerous times.
We reached Hamilton hut around 3.30pm. I performed some surgery on a small but quite nasty infection on the side of my left big toe, then had dinner and chatted to my hut buddies until hiker midnight (8pm!). It was cool to see Ti (Kiwi, Hamilton) and Kirsten (US, Piha) again.
Just as I wast was about to go to sleep I realised I’d split my shoes again today on a weak point, so I had to darn them. They only have 10 days to go!! I really hope they can last!! Worst case scenario – I can wrap duct tape around the entire front of the shoe.