3RY Update Part:
1st March ‘19
KM Mark Start:
Crooked Spur Hut
KM Mark Finish:
Actual KM today:
Rangitata Danger Zone – check!
Stoked to have that box ticked and the Rangitata River section behind me.
Started the morning walking down Bush Stream, in between Mount Brabazon and Mount Sinclair. When I eventually hit the Rangitata River I wanted to collect a resupply package (10 days worth of supplies) I’d previously sent through to Mesopotamia Station, around 3km south of where I exited the ranges.
At Mesopotamia there is a plaque with names in memory of those from Mesopotamia who fell in the 1914-1918 War.
Another plaque marks the historic site of Samuel Butlers Homestead 1861…now a quaint little school. Samuel Butler originally founded Mesopotamia and wrote the famous fantastical Satire Erewhon. They say this is ‘Nowhere’ spelt backwards…buuuuut, it’s not.
A strangely eerie place but very cool to visit.
From here I left the official trail again…I needed to get across the Rangitata River. This is a section that is considered a no-go zone. (Anyone that’s doing the TA and considering this, I recommend you don’t. I had a number of safety measures in place that made it possible, including people keeping watch onshore).
I had spent some time picking a line to cross the braided river and went for it. There were a few deeper sections but the weather had been kind to me over the last few days so I managed the crossing without too much drama.
When I arrived at my final destination (Mt Potts Lodge), I was pleasantly surprised. I had imagined a farm house and a field for my tent. There was a bar, cafe and bunk rooms…”Yup, start a tab please mate”.
Achilles and feet quite tender. I’m hoping they’ll loosen up.
Happy to get that section done. Now looking forward to the Rakaia River Crossing
Tune of the Day:
Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Day 38 Images: