The Last Quarter
Departing Lake Tekapo for Twizel
Kenyon called me early this morning from his lake front cabin in Lake Tekapo. He mentioned that his hike over Two Thumb Range from Mesopotamia was another one of the highlights of his traverse to date. Views of Mt. Cook, snow, ice and the blue of Tekapo reflecting rays of sunlight up towards him, welcoming him into the last quarter of his traverse. The hike into Lake Tekapo took forever as he could see the town for most of the day, just a dot on the horizon which only started growing in the last two hours of his hike.
After our call he rushed into town to check emails and grab a few last-minute-items before his hike through to Twizel. He really wanted to spend time replying to every comment left on the blog but unfortunately he’ll only be getting around to it in a few days from now. For Kenyon, the most agonising part of the traverse is not having enough time to spend on friends along the way. Both Ken and I have realised just how difficult the inclusion of a blog site can be on a full season hike, but all the while it’s made the experience what it is. Hearing from people in different parts of the world – priceless!
Later in my day when I was at gym I received an email from him. He was camped under some pine trees on the south-east bank of Lake Pukaki. The trees can be seen surrounding his SPOT position on the google map below (if zoomed in).
The cold has closed in on New Zealand already. Now it’s just a matter of racing against the snow fall.