Arthur’s Pass Village to Bealey Spur – 12kms
I did a half day to Bealey Spur where dad and Janeen are meeting me at the Bealey Hotel. We will stay here tonight and I have replenished my nose-bag for the next three days to Lake Coleridge.
It turns out we made the right choice to walk the road. There was heavy rain overnight and this morning and the winds were very strong. A brother and sister who were also staying at the backpackers were going to have a go at it today. The owner Bill was going to drop them off at the entry point but then cancelled the trip because it would not be possible. Bill was a great host and runs a very casual operation there. There’s no check in or out time and you either pay cash into honesty box or online banking. He also maintains the flood track that we struggled through yesterday on his own accord. He has been doing this for the past five years or so because DOC don’t. All the fallen trees that we had to get around had only come down in the last few weeks after he cleared it already and when we told him about it he said he will go back in there with his chainsaw and spend a week clearing it out again. What a legend! The bathroom there is worth a mention too. It has a clear roof so you can see the mountain’s around you while your in the shower.
I was able to sleep in this morning and then didn’t leave the backpacker’s until 10am. I had a coffee and breakfast at the Cafe before leaving then took my time down the road. As I approached Klondyke Corner I could see the hill and saddle behind Bealey that I will be climbing over tomorrow. It is the first big climb since Waiau Pass. There was one long single lane bridge I had to run across. I arrived at Bealey Hotel not long after lunch and sat outside until I could check in. I put my washing on the waited for dad and Janeen to arrive.
We had dinner at the restaurant and a good beer. I had a great chicken burger. Then it was another quick call home and back into getting myself packed and ready for tomorrow.