6th Jan . Te Araroa 97
Goat Pass Hut 2163km to Arthur’s Pass (Bealey) 2181km

The rain never came as forecasted and progress to the main highway was easy with a final river crossing just to insure my boots were wet before I hitchhike into Arthur’s Pass.

Finally got a lift by three Americans that were over here to ride horses the length of New Zealand and on this trip they were planing to cover 1,000km.
I opened up the boot to put my backpack in and it all looked like rodeo gear with their leather bags and saddles something I’ve seen many times on the movies.