Richmond Track to Lake Tekapo – 25kms
Total – 692kms
The past few days have been blistering hot during the day then freezing cold overnight. I was really cold in my tent and did not sleep much. I got up at 5.30am and made a strong coffee. Scott got up soon after and we were packed up and leaving our camp by 6.30am. The track continued for 8kms below the Richmond Range and came out on Lilybank road that runs alongside the lake to Tekapo village for about 15kms. Then a few more up to where we are staying. We got in at 12pm and I was already feeling exhausted. My lower back has been aching for a few weeks now and that is transferring into my glutes. My hamstrings are tight and ankles and feet are swollen and stiff. I was in a bit of a low mood and feeling a bit over it today to be honest. It has been 14 days straight now and I really need my rest day tomorrow.
Dad has got us a three bedroom apartment overlooking the lake. It is really nice and comfortable. I can really relax and recover well here tomorrow. Scott and Jane are staying with us here tonight but will push on tomorrow towards Twizel. I have hired a mountain bike and will mix it up by peddling to Twizel on Monday then through to Lake Ohau on Tuesday. I will leave the bike there and head back into the hills and over to Wanaka by Sunday next week.