DAY 265...Hiking Challenge Continues

Let's see how the mind and the body feel today. Sunday morning and I’m up and on the road well before sunrise. The farm is also awake as they have a huge day, the scanning of all the ewes!! For all of the city folk reading my Blog, this exercise is to ascertain whether the ewe is expecting a single lamb, twins or even quads. Then they are are placed in the allocated paddocks. (Hope that makes sense?) They have about three thousand ewes to scan today. I did offer my yard skills at dinner last night but was declined so instead, I head to my running mission mentally wishing them all the best.

It was cold, it was going to rain and there was a very strong South Westerly blowing. I arrived just on sunrise and got my pack sorted, raincoat jammed in as well, gloves and hat on and before I had too long to think about it all, I was off! This is how the track goes: three kilometres uphill, then three kilometres downhill towards the hut, then flat for another kilometre to and along the beach, then a further two kilometres up, up and up, before a last kilometre of running and then rock clambering to the Point. I sit behind the lighthouse, sheltering from a very cold wind, looking at the whitecaps from the south and all over Golden Bay. To the north, it’s sheltered and calm. Today, it is seriously named Separation Point for a very good reason! Along the track, there were again lots of fantails and the crazy wekas that always bring a smile to my face. The seals are still lazing about and a couple quickly head to the water’s edge and observe me from a distance. Unlike other days, today they didn’t slip into the water, it seemed rather, as if they were more safely placed for a quick getaway. As for the shags, well, they were facing into the wind and not moving. The conditions were obviously not to their liking.

I sat for a while and got my breath back, looked out to sea and thought how totally blessed I am to be able to do this trail, to be fit and healthy, and perhaps, ever so slightly crazy! But, because of the wind, I was quickly getting cold, so I climbed back up the steep cliff and headed for home, determined that along the way today, I would take images of the beautiful, blustery side of the Point. It is, indeed, a beautiful track. A track that few others were out enjoying today, and the second half of my trip seemed to be over all too quickly. As I sat, I drank and ate some well-deserved food, and I chatted with two wonderful ladies who were just finishing a similar run to me but they were then jumping on their bikes to pedal all the way back to Takaka (a distance of some twenty-five kilometres!). Needless to say I felt more than a little bit lazy. 

Soon I was in back in remote control, driving home, chasing rainbows. Each time I stopped to try and get a good picture, the rainbow would fade, although it did appear again over Separation Point as I looked back from far across the bay. There was no sighting of snow today because dark, grey-blue clouds covered the hilltops. To me, they looked like snow clouds. Tomorrow, perhaps we’ll see if I was correct. Back at the farm I needed to get firewood, food, and both the kayaks back up on Cuzzie again, so I was busy until the sun set. Then, as always, I was happy to get back inside to a blazing fire and a long, hot shower. Would you believe that this nutbar is going to repeat it all again tomorrow? Maybe even with a quick outing in Louise, always supposing I can find a calm bay, away from the winds!

My smiles today:
Day 2 of my 20km challenge done!
A healthy, fit body.
A cottage in which to rest my weary head each night.
Friendly locals.
Chasing rainbows.
Also, thanks to a couple of locals for my dinner tonight.

My thoughts today: 
The older I get, the better I understand that it's okay to live a life that others don't understand.

Until tomorrow, it’s “goodnight” from Red. Ma Te Wa.

Carving on the Collingwood Beach.

Carving on the Collingwood Beach.

A Glimmer of a Rainbow just as it fads away.

A Glimmer of a Rainbow just as it fads away.