The plan today is a loop on Mt Robert. The weather is kind to us, so much so that even at 9am it is a relief to get in to the shade of the Bush on the way up Pinchgut track. The views over the lake are stunning. We meet a couple from Montreal, and chat briefly to DOC contractors who are working on the top shelter. A lunch stop at the Bushline hut in the sunshine looking over Rotoiti is glorious.
The drive up the Maruia valley and over the Lewis Pass, with photo stops at the Maruia falls and St James, passed quickly. Mainly because of the music choice..... Pink Floyd, & The Eagles., and because this is such a beautiful part of NZ. And of course, I have been amping up Hanmer Springs, so everyone is excited to arrive. And Hanmer plays it's part. It's stunning. Great accommodation at Green Acres, lovely meal at Corriandars, and a visit to the Test of Time rehearsal fitting in well with the music appreciative group. Oh and did I mention that Ju was able to join us, and I get to sleep in my own bed......another fantastic day on the road.