We're in love with the Queen
Tuesday 16th january 2018
We spend a first day in Picton. The morning is dedicated to gathering information about the trail we'll start day after tomorrow. The trailhead can be reached only by boat so we need to book a water taxi.
Whem it's done, we join Ines, another French girl with who we started hiking the first days of our trail and that we met again for Christmas, and her friend for a drink on a terrace.
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Our day ends with a friendly evening barbecue on the terrace with the whole family and the young italian exchange students that lives at Heather's place. We enjoy the positive energy of Zac, the 6 years old son of Heather and Ed, as well as the discussions around the table.
Wednesday 17th January 2018
Today's program is busy : packing our bags, sending our resupply boxes, writing the blog, making some light (36 grammes) campshoes (which allows me to leave my Teva sandals -650 grammes- here) and, last but not least, going to the restaurant for Ed's birthday. After a tasty dinner, we go back home and start playing cards together. Staying a few days with friends is always an heartwarming experience and we feel so priviledged to live these precious moments.
Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st January 2018
Our ferry is leaving on Thursday afternoon, so we have the time to go to the hairdresser before that. After a nice lunch with Heather in picton, it's already time to say goodbye...Queen Charlotte Track. It's a beautiful trail, that takes between 3 and 5 days to walk. The path is so good and steady that it can be walked by families and there are plenty of accomodations along the trail. It's a perfect track to hike if you visit New Zealand and want to walk a few days.
Pacific Crest Trail) in the US. He's a very nice person and we notice that he sincerely cares for the people around him. We camp at the same place as him every night during the trail and we really appreciate our discussions.
On Saturday, it's Jenny birthday and Florent is able to join her on the trail. We go down offtrail to an bar where we have a drink together. But Jenny is a sick, she caught a flu or something similar and she decides to stay there for the night, while we want to hike further. We hope to see her again on the trail later.
wekas. Well, it's a bird, the size of a chicken, that doesn't fly. If I'm talking to you about wekas, it's because these animals are also thiefs, that would steal anything they can on the campgrounds. Better keep everything inside your tent, or they would take it away for a closer examination. From what we already saw or heard from fellow hikers, they steal shoes, gas stove, sunglasses, and many more... they even stole a swiss passport recently !
deportation of sudanese migrants, the quotas of arrestations of refugees, the shamefull comportement or some ministers when they are asked to explain their decisions,... all that together is deeply unsettling.