It’s been awhile…again (I hope you’re all following me on Instagram for more regular updates: @helenateodora). Last time I wrote anything here, I was about to hit the Nelson Lake National Park. A lot has happened since. A LOT.
I’ve made it through Nelson Lake National Park. It was stunningly beautiful even though a bit challenging because of a couple of rainy and windy days… I got stuck in Blue Lake Hut for a day to wait out the rain before I could make it over Waiau Pass and enjoy the views over the amazingly beautiful Lake Constance.
I’ve passed the 2000 kilometer mark together with German Susy and French Barnabé. 2000! Felt a bit overwhelming even though I was a bit too tired to celebrate, we had a long day and I was pretty exhausted.
I’ve experienced the NZ sun, it’s something else from the one shining on me at home. The ozone layer down here is extremely thin and the sun is harsh and boiling hot, even without a 25 kilo backpack. But half of me loves it, I rather be here than in the dark and freezing winter in Sweden (even though I miss my family as h*ll!).
I’ve been in pain, my knees have been hurting and my hip has been really, really sore. I had to skip a section through the Deception River because of it and had to take three days off at The Sanctuary (the greatest place to stay in the village!) in Arthur’s Pass. I met Lucas from Germany, he’s a chiropractor and helped me get rid of the worst pain. Trail angel!
I’ve got stuck for three days at Mt Hutt Bunkhouse (amazing place!) because of my pain…and I’ve been hitching with a helicopter from Mt Hutt Helicopters over the huge rivers Rakaia and Rangitata (hazard zones that you’re meant to hitch around) – an amazing experience!
I’ve made it over Stag Saddle – the highest point on Te Araroa, and I’ve seen the beautiful lakes of sunny, hot Otago.
I’ve spent a night overlooking Mt Cook and I’ve been on a bike (thanks to trail angel Katrin who met me and brought me a bike and a lot of food!) for two days…trying to save my hip.
And…I’ve been skipping another section over Breast Hill due to a severe weather warning with heavy rain, thunder and gale winds…and I’ve caught a cold which I’m trying to cure with a couple of days off in beautiful Wanaka.
I have 412 kilometers to go. 412!!! Feels surreal. I’m almost there. Almost there.