Rā 77, Rāhoroi 18 o Poutū-te-rangi 2017

Stunning clouds this afternoon out at Pukemokemoke.  Also did my fastest ever circuit and then managed 2 more! 

The working bee crew were out in force and had dosed the wasp nests so hopefully won’t be stung again. One day I will get to a working bee and give back to this amazing reserve that we have had so much joy from. I was talking to one of the volunteers who was telling me he had been working up there for 20 years. When he first started it was overrun with weeds, stoats, rats and possums.  They are now all eradicated and the place is planted with native trees and the birdsong is back. 

Rā 28, Rāhoroi 28 o Kohitātea 2017

The Tussock Traverse goes from Tukino, on the Desert Road side of Ruapehu, across the most spectacular landscape, to Whakapapa. Fantastic conditions, amazing organisation and the friendliest marshals you could ask for. And a running/walking buddy who was great company. Two ‘broken’ runners, we walked and ran the 26km together and finished together. Difficult to pick the best photo of the day…. so here’s one at the start and one somewhere on the way!