Riding the lower Croesus Track back to Smoke-ho carpark was a different beast! The relentless gradient acted in our favour, providing momentum that allowed us to roll over yesterdays barriers. It is still grade 4 – but with familiarity comes braveness and confidence allowing us to reach Smoke-ho in good time. The 5km ride down the road was even fun, made all the better by the clouds opening up soon after we were installed in the warm friendly surrounds of the Blackball’s Inn for a coffee and a beer.
For me, my reality was that the 10.3kms took us about 3.5 – 4 hrs with the side visit to the old hut and historic stamping site. From my experience, I would allocate 3-4 hrs to get into Ces Clark Hut and then approximately 2 hrs across to Moonlight Hut.
Geoff Gabites – Paparoa Shuttles