Havelock to Pelorus Bridge – 21km (1794km total)
Today was a great day, mainly because it was a short day and I had finished hiking by 1.30pm and had the rest of the day to enjoy. The next possible camping is a hut near the start of the Richmond Ranges another 22km away, which would have made for a very long day to push onto there and I am very happy with the shorter more relaxed day.
The walk out of Havelock of course involved a cafe stop for a chai. It was then road walking for the first 13km. Thankfully, it was mostly on back gravel roads and it wasn’t too hot in the early morning sun.
The track then went onto farmland along the Pelorous River. Which was better than I was expecting. The track was pretty good. Flat and with not too many holes to roll your ankles on/in. However, 4km from the end it was getting hot and I was feeling the heat. So again it was collapse under the shade of a tree for a break just before reaching Pelorous Bridge, to get the energy to do the last push to the camp site. Pelorous Bridge is a few house but mostly it is a cafe and campsite along Pelorous River which is a popular spot to swim, kayak, picnic etc.
We stopped at the cafe for an amazing lunch before heading over to the campground. THe campground itself was fully booked, but they have another spot without showers, along the river for walkers and cyclists, which is perfect. I went for a swim in the river (shower accomplished) and then spent the rest of the day not walking and reading. What a great day.
Today I am thankful for rivers to swim in.