The flat waters had to be paddled. So too did the last 2 kms on the outgoing tide into a tough head wind. White cap waves sometimes bigger than some rapids themselves were conquered. No capsize though. Barrels balanced right in the canoe at the start of the last day. Only BClaire got the brunt of the moisture. No one was laughing.
This soon changed as we beached the canoe from the very final stroke onto the shore.
Hugs of euphoria all round.
It was over.
The goal to canoe the Wanganui River was now done and dusted.
However, the real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them.
Like many others, this experience certainly did that.
Anyone keen to canoe the Amazon?
But first, we have a goal to traverse the Tararua Ranges.
Other than Mt Aoraki/Mt Cook, they are the re-known ranges for the second highest tramping fatalities. Now if that doesn’t motivate anyone to ensure they are well prepared, what will?
Best we take a rest day tomorrow to prepare!