The following day was just spent catching up with people and then it was the day of the annual 60Km Kepler Challenge mountain run. My mum Bev was doing it for her 20th (and final) time! I dropped her out at the start line at 5:30am.
I then went down to the lake to play with Mums camera - a nice cannon DSLR, I took a few shots that I later merged into these panoramas:
Some 10 hours later, Mum was finished - she looks every so slightly happy with herself! Sadly I didn't take this picture, I was some 40 minutes behind her! I had an elaborate plan to run the last section with her and according to the progress board she hadn't yet passed the checkpoint at Rainbow Reach - where you can drive to. Unfortunately by the time I started running she had apparently finished!
I went out with my littlest brother Douglas for a run up to Key Summit on the Routeburn track to take photos - he is a bit of a photographer so I thought I go along. Mostly crappy ones from up there and I left them all on his computer in Te Anau but I did take one nice one of him being a photographer.
Some very nice people from the race (one of whom lived 200m from me) offered to take me back north to Chch, now I just have 6 days to pack up and clean out my room, clean the flat, organize my gear for this trip and then I fly away!
In theory I'll begin updating this blog thing a bit more once I start to travel - no promises though!