Today was a day of lasts. It's never easy wrapping up a trip, especially one quite like this - but I wanted to do it right. So today I wandered down the main street, enjoyed a proper breakfast and went out to hike my last mountain.
I didn't have one in mind - just drive in the direction of the Kaikoura Range and see where I wound up. As it turns out, I ended up at Mount Fyffe - a 1.6km tall mountain that would give me excellent views of the surrounding range. Unfortunately my ankle has been a bit rough the last few days, so I knew I wasn't going to be able to make the entire climb (and if I did - I'd be in a bad way by the end of it!). To avoid hurting the ankle any further, I set myself the limit of climbing "until my first water bottle is empty".
I ended up running short at about the 90 minute mark - which put me at this lookout point.
This was probably as good as I was going to get for the day, so I sat down, put away the cameras and finished off my bottle. Not a bad way to spend a morning!
Next up was my other last for the day - bush bashing with Gerty! We've done a few off road rampages in our month together, so it seemed right to wrap up our adventures here in Kaikoura.
Eventually though, Gerty took me as far up the road as she could. We came to a river that was going to be too tricky to cross. The bridge would only hold 1,500kg (Gerty is just shy of 2,000kg), and the ford was too deep to cross.
So with our final point reached, I pulled off to the side of the road - got some pictures and enjoyed one more lunch in the middle of nowhere.
Tomorrow, it's back down south in the direction of Christchurch. I'm not sure yet if I'll be staying in the city, or somewhere along the way - we'll just have to see what happens!