Philippe arrived as scheduled and we caught our ferry to the South Island with only a moderate amount of stress.
We’ve now completed the first section on the South Island, the Queen Charlotte Track; and the second section, the Richmond Alpine Track. The Richmond was AWESOME and put the entire North Island into SHARP contrast.
Today, Dr. Doorenbos (whose real name is Roy), joined us and tomorrow morning the four of us set off for the next section. I am so glad to see Dr. D and he brought with him all my favorite feelings of happiness and contentment. Plus he brought some Christmas treats from Molly and Darlene. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Unfortunately for you guys, there’s not likely to be another blog post from me until we finish. There’s just not that many towns on the South Island (as in: there’s like three we will go through). Just wait for March. 🙂 I’ll get back with you.
Oh, and by the way; I’m over being sad and struggling. I love every second of every day on the trail. (…except maybe when Georges and I are in a fight…24 hours a day together, ok?) I am now stronger and healthier. I can carry any weight up any mountain or through any mud pit. I have no fears and no doubts about what I’m doing or why. Really, it just turns out that some ‘Why?’s don’t have answers you could put into words. Sometimes, the reason why is the time spent wondering why–because when you are done wondering why, you see exactly why.
(((that means everything is really good, and I’m really happy)))