17. Driving and Walking in the Heat

Kevin got out his little battery operated saw blade, cutting and clearing a few small branches that were lying across a track within the NZMCA park-up. The battery ran out the first time, so he had to recharge it which took several hours before he could finish the job! Being without a constant supply of electricity does take some getting used to, but we are managing fine. Actually the best remedy is simply having spare time so you can wait while the solar panel works it’s magic, and that’s not being a problem for either of us at the moment!

While we waited for the battery to charge we went for a drive along Lilybank Road to the end of Lake Tekapo and beyond.
The end of the lake came into sight with the Godley River running into it.
We reached the Macaulay River, which runs into the Godley River just beyond the head of Lake Tekapo. Kevin drove across the first branch of this river but the bottom was loose and shifting beneath us so we decided not to risk another without backup! We don’t want to end up like the car we spotted in the Rakaia River a few days ago…
The hills behind the river here form the lower slopes of the Sibald Range.
The Two Thumb Range is in the background…
…and it’s here too, in the distance looking back along Lilybank Road.
Kevin dropped me off when we reached my finish point of yesterday, and I walked back along the road to the caravan. It was hot which made me ambivalent about the walk but, toughen up – at least summer’s on the downhill slope. It’s been a hot one start to finish!
Looking back across the bridge over Boundary Stream I spotted two large rings in the hillside. These are caused by a type of fungus that starts in the middle and radiates outwards, using up the minerals in it’s path and leaving it a bit dead-looking. The fungus keeps radiating outwards in it’s search for nutrients and that’s why you can see it’s circle. This is the first of several of these circles we’ll see in these dry tussock landscapes – it’s really different to Nelson where there’s a lot more bush or forest covering the ground.
Looking towards the low, bush-clad Motuariki Island with the Peninsula we walked around behind it.
Looking back up the road to the head of the lake and the Godley Peaks – the glaciation that can be clearly seen on these peaks is a source of fascination as I keep turning around to look!
Somewhere around here I watched a farmer training his sheep dog to round up three sheep. He used a range of different whistles that rang out clearly and the dog and three sheep were jumping to the commands and looking really good!
Mt Hay.
The pine trees are where I’m headed.
Back in the range of the NZMCA park-up.

2 thoughts on “17. Driving and Walking in the Heat”

  1. Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading
    this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Many thanks for sharing!

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    1. Your friend obviously did the trip too, and made it through – the heat is something you never forget! It was still a great trip though, I want to do it again from the other direction, but will set off earlier each day and finish earlier.


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