Wairaki Hut to Struan Flat Road
Days Remaining: 7
Remaining Distance: 163.5km
Distance Covered: 3137.5km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 141
This was one of my favourite days on the trail. I left the hut at 7:30am and hiked up the 1024m hill which I summited at around 10am. The going was slow and tiring but what a view from the top!
I saw many sights from up there including Hump Ridge (where I hiked with Gordon in 2008), the next few days of trail through Woodlaw and Longwood forests, the ocean, Stewart Island and… BLUFF! I was surprised that Bluff was not more visible after all the rain in the past few days. It hardly came out in the photos so I hope to get a better view of it from Longwood forest in two days time. I felt a little apprehensive looking out at Bluff only because I don’t know what lies beyond it. Sure, I know what fills my next two weeks after finishing the hike but when I get home there are many voids to fill. I suppose I’ll take it one day at a time just like I’ve been living this trail for the last seven months.