There and back again

The man running the local branch of the Department of Conservation tells me that the track can be done in a day. It is about forty kilometers long and will get me to where I start. I am highly motivated to be back before darkness falls and traps me in the wilderness or one of the two huts along the way. With the first light I am on my way.

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I pass a bay …

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… and enter the track.

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The morning light filters through the leaves.

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The track turns inland …

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… into darker forest.

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The path …

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… winds its way through the wilderness.

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Others have come this way.

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I keep going  …

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… over tricky ground …

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… until the foliage opens …

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… and I reach the sea.

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With the setting sun …

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… I am back again.

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