Dec 10, 2008
On Friday Gail at Farewell trekss asked if I would come on a trek with her over The Old Mans Range as she had a group of 15 to ride. It was a fabulous day and after getting the horses ready and everyone mounted we set off around Midday to Puponga Farm where the ride really starts. I rode a lovely little lad called Lucky.The group of 15 had travelled over the hill from Richmond and the surrounding area on a school trip for the year 12's ( I think) and included several adults and the rest very nicely mannered teenagers, some who had ridden alot and some who were first timers! This ride is not one for the faint hearted, it can be ridden quite fast and involves alot of up and down steep terrain. Gail said therewas evidence of wild pigs in the area so we held our breath, hoping we wouldnt come across any as Pigs and horses dont mix, they are their natural preditors. However we were luck - no pigs, just a huge feral Billy Goat! We all had aa brilliant ride and arrived baack to Puponga round 3-30 hours later safe and sound.Today we went over to the West Coast to see a blue whale that had been washed up at Te Hapu, this is an hours drive from Pakawau and when we reached the beach we had another hours walk to get to the place it it had been washed up - we checked the tide times and arrived about 9 am which would give us time to get up and back. Young adult female blue whale was 21 metres long, weighing 80 tonnes. Its tongue alone weighs several tonnes! There was evidence of bite marks, probably from a great white shark, and it had collapsed somewhat and was smelling a little. We really enjoyed the walk back to the car, through a labarynth of rocks and canyons, and long stretches of sand.