In the morning, I dropped by Fox Glacier’s closest viewpoint (after recent rock slides, you can no longer go to the glacier’s terminal face). It was somehow less impressive than from afar.
The skies were clear and I saw Mount Cook, or so I think.
From there, I decided to cycle all the way to Haast, a good 50km past Lake Paringa, my original destination.
I made it to Lake Paringa quite easily and early. Then, on my way to Haast, for no apparent reason I unwillingly slowed down. Maybe I was running out of fuel because I lost my ration of bananas somewhere along the way. Exiting Fox Glacier this morning, there was a sign: “No fuel for the next 120km” – was it a premonition?
I arrived in Haast exhausted, but I gained an extra day in case the inclines gets tougher in the coming days.
Today in numbers:
129 km – distance cycled
3724m – height of Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand