Lots more stumbling around and climbing about on dusty jeep tracks in the roasting sun. Lips drying to a crisp, head aching and energy sapping away. Not even sure we were on the right route, we were both in the grumps! That’s what we get for taking so much time off eh ;) It’s not easy to re-convince the body that 8hrs of continuous exercise a day is ‘a bit of a laugh’ ;) But we got warmed up in the end. But boy that was painful! Haha.
We followed the road to Glen Mary Ski Club where the confusion about the route began – The trail notes describe a different route to the line drawn on the map so we weren’t sure what to follow.. The Parsons MTB track zig zags about a bit and often in completely the wrong direction (to get to Freehold Creek), eventually it emerges at a DOC track (which isn’t marked on the Topo 50 maps) which traverses the top edge of the valley and leads to Freehold. It seemed a bit of an arse about tit way of getting up here, but presumably there is some sort of a land ownership/access issues, there is a lot of expensive looking nice houses round here!
Top Tip: We past a campsite I didn’t know about on the way, probably should of aimed for yesterday, it was just after Lake Middleton, it looked quite nice.