I was awake at first light but lazed in the hammock for a bit and got up just before 6am. All was quiet in the camp. I had a good sleep on a lovely night with barely any wind, no rain and not too cold.
Without rushing the last morning pack-up of the trip, I was still out quite early by my standards, on the track by 7.20am.
The walk into Portland was a bit of a mixed bag. Some nice coastal walking along with obvious signs of industry; wind turbines and the Alcoa Aluminium smelter within sight most of the day.
A nice section of the walk was through the Enchanted Forest with its gnarled tree trunks and branches providing lots of shade.
I thoroughly enjoyed this walk. I’m glad I had a rest day in Nelson to give my body a break and to sit out the only really bad weather of the 13 days. Each of the four sections of the walk, forest/river/beach/capes, provided plenty of variety and interest. I was happy the blisters did not get too out of control and I was able to keep walking without them becoming too distracting. Of the 9 camp sites I was able to hang the hammock 8 times, a good result I thought. I would definitely recommend this walk to others and would do sections of it again, maybe next time canoeing along the Glenelg river.
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