Total km: 184
Well blue skies and a wide stretch of hard sand. What more could I want?
A pack that doesn’t weigh 17kg! Mistake of the day was deciding to carry 7 days of food because that made a relatively easy road walk from invercargill to Otaurau unbearable. As soon as I hit the outskirts of the latter place, I looked for a hitch to the Oreti Beach, partly too because I wanted to catch the river crossing at this 21km beach mid-way point at low tide.
So good bye Invercargill and hello sand.
After 3.5 hours I got to the lovely village of Riverton, in the distance, tired from my cold and hungry. Coffee plus sugar plus a toastie did the trick!
Also, a huge shout out to terry that saved 4kg of pack weight when he called me to compare TA notes from Bluff to Invercargill and mentioned there was a possibility of collecting a supply box at Merrivale. So at Riverton I went to the post counter and for $8 my insanity and pain went - well for next couple of days. Happy happy time. Oh happy days with happy clavicles!
I also like looking at community notice boards - it’s like peering into a window of a community’s soul. So here is a photo of Riverton.
The tramp from Riverton to Colac Bay was meandering through paddocks, beach and the odd patch of mud.
Again once I got the outskirts of Colac Bay, I was lucky enough to be offered a ride and a beer by some locals, finishing off with a good pub feed at the local. What a way to end the day!