It is the holidays and another beautiful autumn day here in the Manawatu so I took myself off for a run to complete the Sledge track which I explored last Friday.
Got back to where I turned around last week about 11 minutes quicker than previous. Having no camera to pose for makes a difference! I next took the track leading to the Platinum Mines via ToeToe Flat. Mostly easy running and a beautiful piece of forest to descend into. The track here is twisty and turny and is fun to run. Bursting out of the bush I spent several minutes in the ToeToe. There are hundreds of the plants growing in a small valley. Next the trail dived back into the bush and I gave two hunters a fright as I appeared out of nowhere. (Gave me a fright too as he had a big gun!)
I exchanged pleasantries and after being called skinny (nicely) I ran on and at a quickened pace for a while I can tell you. Pretty soon the trail turned and headed for the Platinum mines. These are several holes in the ground with ladders in them which will take you 4 or so metres below ground. I did venture down one and what did I see – the dark hole and nothing else. There was also an open mine which looked more like a miniature railway tunnel. I had a closer look at that too and decided a torch would be handy another time.
It took another 15 minutes of running or so to get back to the sign saying two hours back to the carpark – my turning around point last Friday – and thus the loop was complete. I was back at the carpark around 35 minutes later for a 2 hour 15 minute adventure.
I loved it. I saw another track leading off somewhere so will need to explore for another time! It was called the ‘Hunter’ and if anyone knows where it goes please let me know.