Piropiro Campsite 964.4km to Bennett road Shelter 1006.1.
It was a peaceful morning. No wind and gray sky greeted me with the morning bird calls. One thing about the Timber Trail, it makes for easy hiking. The miles came easy on the easy graded trail. There are no steep hills, puddles of mud or water crossings.
More suspension bridges over the many deep. My fear of heights did not kick in as bad as it did yesterday.
The Timber trail is a multi use trail. Several cyclists passed us during the morning. The trail is 80km (50 miles) and with easy grades. In fact it’s more of a cycling trail than hiking trail. Te Araroa hikers make up the majority of the people hiking the Timber Trail.
10am photo below
A lot of the trail follows very old logging roads and early railroads. The geology of the area is at times unstable. Many places are prone to landslides or falling rocks. Us poor hikers can’t race through the area like cyclists.
One section of trail follows an old railway line that had to make a confusing turn through a tunnel. As the rest of this trail is rather unstable I suspect a lot of work had to go into ensuring the tunnel was safe. Imagine 60 years ago as a trail hauling logs went into this tunnel.
Late in the afternoon I kept an eager eye on my Guthook Navigation app. The app ticked over to 1000km. One third of the trail completed. I want to finish this trail in under 4 months. If I keep up this pace it looks likely to be a likely event.
With an hour till sunset we arrived at the campground that signaled the end of the Timbet Trail. Three Scottish hikers were there. We’ve been bumping into each other since I met them at my first camp on day 1.
I will be faced with making some important decisions tomorrow. These decisions will likely see me heading into remote trails and alpine sections alone. But it’s the weather forecast that is worrying me the most.