I slept in again and then sorted my food resupply. It is a lot of food and heavy. The resupply had 6 days worth in it as well as the 4 days I had leftover from the last leg.
I checked out at 1000 exactly and headed to the cafe for a breakfast with everything. At 1115 I was finally on my way.
The trail started behind the hotel passing through a gate to a nice track beside a stream all the way to the lake. At the lake I took a photo of the jetty which is stunning then joined the lake track which was walking track standard for the first km then very good tramping track to the lake head. The only detraction from the stunning scenery and track was the annoying noise of the boats racing around the lake.
2 hours 20 minutes after starting I reached Lake Head Hut- another naming that required great imagination. In the hut was an older couple who were asking about TA and my gear. I noticed the lady holding her poles in an inefficient way so showed her my method. They took a photo of me to show others my gear.
I continued on up the valley largely in the open with amazing scenery. Steep rugged mountains around me and meadows of flowers to walk through.
After a while it was back into the bush. I saw two people the whole day. One had earphones in both ears listening to music. I understand listening to music on road walks but cannot understand why you would do this in the bush. I love the sounds of the bush, birds chirping, streams gurgling, rivers roaring etc.
After 3 hours 30 minutes I reached John Tait Hut. There was a family with mid teenage son and slightly older daughter. They were interesting to talk with so the evening went fast.