Invercargill to Bluff – 34km – 2996km total, but I’m rounding up 3000km, 💥
It is over. I have walked the length of New Zealand, with some canoeing and biking thrown in for good measure.
I started walking at 8am this morning, just as it was becoming light. However, even with the risen sun, visibility was still low with low lying cloud for most of the morning until just after lunch. This wasn’t great considering much of today was walking the shoulder of the highway, but thankfully there were no problems.
I wasn’t looking forward to a 34km road walk as the surface kills my feet, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected and by mid afternoon I was in bluff and then at stirling point to celebrate the end of the trail. Once I had done celebrating, then the fun came of getting back to Invercargill, as I did not want to walk one inch more. But the irony of the trail is that you need to walk to get back from Stirling point, however, I was soon picked up by two South Koreans visiting NZ on holidays and then were heading back to Invercargill. I jumped in their car, eager not to walk any more.
Once back in Invercargill, I headed to the bar next door to the backpackers to celebrate and get a cocktail that I had been dreaming off for days now. however the cocktail had to wait as I was asked for my ID, which I didn’t have on me. I found this incredibly funny, while I know I look young for my age, spending so much time in the sun has not made me look younger, but apparently, I can still pull off at least 25, so good times. Finally I got my cocktail and spent the rest of the night chatting to friends.
Where to from here? Not walking for a few days is the answer. I might also go to Stewart Island for a couple of days before heading back to Aus to catch up with friends and family. I then fly to the States to walk the PCT. I’m not sure if I will be blogging that or not, but I will definitely be on instagram. So stay tune to one bat channel or the other.
Today I am thankful for a body that can carry me 3000km.