"So I've started out
for God knows where
I guess I'll know
when I get there"
'Twas a fine winter's morn in the Town of Alice. As I wound my way across the Remutaka's, it turned out that the morning was also fine in the Wairarapa. It was also winter there, too.
What's more, the peaks of the Tararuas were entirely free from cloud.
And so it was that we set of from the Holdsworth carpark at 12:30 in some remarkably fine weather. Following the Holdsworth Highway, we hoofed it along theflat, slowing down a little when the track starts climbing toward rocky lookout. Plenty of other people and dogs out for a walk in the woods too.
The track is wide and well graded, although the gravel is a little washed out in places. The gradient is, by Tararua standards, gentle, but that didn't stop us finding it embarassingly difficult. After about 70 minutes we arrived at the rocky lookout, and soaked up the view for a few minutes before resuming our something-between-plod-and-stride toward the Holdsworth-Totara Flats junction.
The track then turns sharply to the south - the point where are newer track (cut a few years back) diverges from the old Totara Creek track.
This part of the track is pretty good, and very flat for a decent portion of it. The only inconveniences were the odd fallen tree across the track.
(Side note: at the time, the GPS track log had recorded 13km, but having imported it to my computer, am now told by MemoryMap it was 11.1km).
After breakfast and a clean-up, we headed out just after 9 am.
|View from the swing bridge|
|12.6km somehow becomes 11km once the data has been imported into MemoryMap|
|GPS recorded track from inbound trip in red.|
Vaguely Dangerous Wilderness: