The Timaru River was grey and fast flowing. Although it hadn’t been raining, it had the look of a river churned up. Not easy to see whether you had a good footing or if there was a drop off or deep pool beneath. So as much as possible it’s wise to clamber around the edges where you can. This involved some big boulders, both impossibly smooth ( for boots with no grip ), and shapishly jagged – best not to land on these ;) And the odd patch of sinking sand thrown in for good measure. This made for a fun jumble of rocky-obstacle-course as we weaves or way down the windy path of the river. Widening out to rubbly dry river beds and squeezing in to thinner gorges, our speed varied with the terrain!