Olivier Moly photographer, dreamer, adventurer…

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Difficult to get out from our tent this morning, everything is frozen outside, even my pair of boots had frost all over it. We waited for the sun, but we were too deep in the valley and this guy never came. With a lot of energy w succeeded to get out pack our bags and left. We had 25 kilometres until Lake Coleridge Lodge to get our food parcel. It was an easy tramping on gravel road a bit busy but ok. We got to the Lake Coleridge Station and took a path to get to Lake Coleridge Village. The weather changed quickly and we arrived to the lodge with the drizzle. A really woman greeted us and gave us our parcel. We packed our backpacks getting heavy and took the decision not to ford the Rakaia River. So got to town where no one was there and tried to hitch hike to Rakaia Gorge near a bridge 20 kilometres down on the river. No cars, just a camper van that Hélène stopped, she explained our situation and here we go. Together on the rear sitting on a bed, cramped between our bags travelling with two germans going to Rakaia Gorge. We got there before night and decided to stay at the Mt Hutt Lodge to dry our gear and have a warm shower. Tomorrow we have to hitch hike to the start of Te Araroa on the other side of the Rakaia River.

Pas si simple de sortir de notre ce matin, tout est gelé autour de nous, même mes chaussures. Nous attendons patiemment le soleil, mais celui-ci ne pointera jamais son nez. Nous nous motivons donc à partir et c’est avec un effort sur humain que nous faisons nos sacs et décollons. Nous avons 25 kilomètres pour arriver à Lake Coleridge Lodge pour récupérer notre colis de nourriture, la plus grande partie se trouvant sur une route de gravier. Nous arrivons sans trop de mal à Lake Coleridge Station une ferme de mouton mérinos, puis empruntons un chemin qui nous mène au Lake Coleridge Lodge où une charmante dame nous accueille avec un chocolat chaud. Nous faisons nos sacs et les remplissons des nouvelles victuailles puis quittons cet endroit pour faire du stop. Nous devrions normalement traverser la rivière mais ces derniers jours de pluie ont rendu la rivière difficile à traverser, nous avons donc décider de faire du stop pour rejoindre un pont plus dans la vallée. Il n’y a personne dans le village et aucune voiture ne passe devant nous. Nous voyons un camping car passer et Hélène l’arrête et réussi à convaincre le conducteur de nous prendre. Et nous voilà parcourant les routes assis sur un lit, coincé entre nos sacs admirant les paysages grandioses nous entourant et faisant la discussion à un couple d’allemand fraichement arrivé en Nouvelle-Zélande. Une fois arrivé au pont, nous saluons nos sauveurs et prenons une chambre au Mt Hutt Lodge où resterons cette nuit. Demain il nous faudra faire du stop sur une route encore fréquenté et nous avons sept jours de marche pour rejoindre la première ville.

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