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Loosing Some Baggage – Day 53
Thursday 19th May 2005
Another day dawned and a new adventure was about to begin. There was the small matter of a certain person to deal with first though. For this reason I had to be up early, but this wasn’t much of a problem.
The first piece of the day involved picking up Stu from his hostel and taking him to his destination, from here I would be able to part company, and to go on alone. I couldn’t help but feel excited at this prospect.
I picked him up in the morning and drove him to Glenarchy, and to the Route burn Track Walk. The start being up near the mountains, down old gravel roads. As we negotiated the loose roads, we came upon another hiker on his way to the same walk. As we passed, Stu wound the window down and asked the guy if he wanted a lift. I was a little annoyed at this, as I hadn’t been informed this was happening. There was no room in the car for another person and his backpack, especially as our two bags were across the back seat, and the boot was still wet with leaks. I had to re-arrange the bags to accommodate this new guest, but I knew it would only be for a short journey.
Once I had dropped Stu and this other guy off at the walk, I waved goodbye and turned the car around, backtracking down the gravel road. I felt so relieved, and free to do what I want. Finally, now I can put this all behind me and start enjoying myself again.
The roads suddenly seemed more scenic, and I started to appreciate my surroundings once more. I enjoyed the trip onto Te-Anau, and once there I found the Barnyard Backpackers, then dumped my things down on the floor next to my bed. I wasted the rest of the day, and booked a trip to Milford Sound for tomorrow. I was extremely excited about this, as this is one of the main parts of New Zealand that I wanted to see.
I spent the evening being spoken to by a German girl who was anxious to improve her English, and didn’t manage to get a word in edgeways. I took this opportunity to take my leave and make my way to bed. All beds were occupied this evening, and most people were already tucked up. I went to sleep feeling like a weight was lifted from my shoulders.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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