Routeburn Day 3: To The Great Divide

I wake upon the final day of the Routeburn Track and check my clothes. They are drenched. All of them.

Squishing myself back into my boots, I hit the road. I shall not be taking my time today. I shall be running, wherever possible – until I reach THE GREAT DIVIDE!

In reality, the Divide is just the end point of the Routeburn Track. But it will be great to get there!

The first thing i see, upon squelching out of the door of the hut is the lake. It was hidden in mist yesterday:


I am enjoying the trek, but the constant rain is making what should be a gorgeous experience into…well, swimming. On the plus side, I still have my cake! I shall devour it this day. I have that power.


If I had to find up upside to all this rain, I’d point to the rivers and waterfalls. They are…surging.

Sadly, that is more or less all I have to say about this day of walking. In the end, I carried the cake for the full 32km and eventually ate it at the end of the walk…whilst standing in a lake.

Upon reaching the Divide, it transpires that Sarah is getting a lift home with the wizards…and Eva is driving them all! It is a small world. Being lovely people, they let me squeeze into the car and we are back in Queenstown in just a few hours.


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Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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