And that is my face as I am facing rain and wind trying to hitchhike from Merrivale to Te Anau via the backroads of Southland. And this is the view of the oncoming traffic.
Two hours earlier I woke up at 8am to the sound of Rain on the tin roof of my shed and lambs bleeding.
And the news from the Merriview Hut owners that my food package via NZ Post didn’t arrive from Riverton. As I checked the very hand NZ Post phone app with my tracking number - how I love bureaucracy down well - I learned my parcel got misdirected from Riverton to Christchurch and was sitting in a depot in Invercargill. Yep it did a tour of South Island. Anyway B was very accommodating to call NZ Post on my behalf and they very kindly are redirecting it to Queenstown as I am typing. Fly well and straight little food package.
So I packed up, had breakfast and began my hitchhike to Te Anau.
But 45 min later I was still standing in the rain. This the two photos.
Lucky Nellie was my savior. Despite living in a farm not far from Mossburn, she gave me a lift 1 hour out of her way to Te Anau. Thank you Nellie - you helped me so much today!
Nellie dropped me at the DOC office in Te Anau. There I asked, given the awful weather forecast, what I could do in the next few days. The answer: Greenstone Track!
A huge thank you to the lovely DOC ladies - particularly the middle one who did the TA previously, in getting track and weather goss.
After that I got lunch, met a NZ trailrunner where we mainly talked about shoes and tracks around NZ, did some food shopping and then came “home” to Paul’s homestay - a beacon for thruhikers in Te Anau - where I did my washing and drying. My muddy shoes are less muddy and nearly dry.
And the weather - still drizzling in Te Anau but maybe lessening!?! Fingers crossed for a calm day tomorrow.