MATT: So..the trek is now done, we have enjoyed another night in a big hotel room and it is time to get back to Casper and our life on the road. So after no mucking about we are parked up at the rather oversubscribed Lakeside Camper Park in Queenstown and are booking up for some things to do over the next couple of days...but today we just chilled in Queenstown (mostly me dragging a limping Kel around the gift shops and to the cinema to see "The Watchmen" which is officially the low point of the entire trip so far...beyond awful).
But we make up for it the next day with (another) highlight. Kel really wants to go horseriding - and I am terrified but agree to go anyway. We have the most amazing trek in the low hills south of Queenstown - Glenorchy. My horse is Will and Kel's is Lucky - 'cos he is lucky to be there - no one else wanted him and he almost ended up as pet food :(
Will is exceptionally mellow, and after a shaky start where he can obviously tell I am bricking it we both calm down into a mutual understanding of calmness and by the end of the trek I am riding like John Wayne. We even have a few trots - where I mostly feel I am about to die...but in the end actually quite enjoy. Lucky is in love with Will and freaks out if he is not right behind him...so Kel has a more interesting ride.
We finish the trek sore but having had an amazing time - I definitely want to do some more riding in South America.
The next day we head to my choice of activity...the Shotover Canyon Swing. http://www.canyonswing.co.nz/index.php It is awsome.... Kel is crapping it way more than me...I am nervous but can't wait to get it done. Once we are at the canyon and all geared up, I am determined to be first to go, and am persuaded that the first jump should be all me...forwards of the ledge, 60m freefall and into the 150m swing across the canyon. No messing about...straight off...freaking awesome! I can`t begin to describe the sensation, but it was so good I wanted to go again. This time performing the "Elvis Cutaway" i.e. upside down and backwards. The canyon wall rushing past your face as you plummet the 60m then a massive upside down swing - laughing all the way.
It is safe to say I was buzzing for the rest of the day and in no condition to be the driver to our next destination...Bannockburn.