Started later than I wanted since I spent until almost 2am to upload the last blog entries since the Internet was so slow and I had to do it over and over again. Anyways did last minute shopping in the 4square supermarket and was able to catch a ride back to the trail with Alex who I met on the boat in Doubtful Sound. Thank you Alex!

The walk was nice and easy and almost entirely on a quiet gravel road.

Weather was nice and sunny with a little breeze. I could feel two days of not walking and progressed with good speed. Not much happened. Then I did get annoyed. I told them five times how to write my name but they still messed it up! ?

After a small break I met Neil who was on his bike and we walked/ride together for about an hour which was very nice. Neil at absolute minimum and I at maximum speed. Ran into Ben a french TA tramper and the two of us stopped at Kiwi Burn Hut after 29km today. Did my first proper river crossing today – lucky there was little rain the last days…

Next morning we wanted to leave early but it was raining cats and dogs. So we waited and waited hoping for it to improve – ended in a chill out day in the hut ?

Only cleared at around six – so next go tomorrow!