NZ DAY 27
NORTH SHORE COASTAL TRACK: Stillwater to Takapuna 28km (Total KM's walked 534)
Tides dictated a late start today as we had a large river crossing, from discussions last night even at low tide the water was going to be at least waist deep. It was agreed that we would all do the crossing together
( Claus and Gisela, Matt, Jenni, Clear, Chris &K’Marie, Georgia,Hannah, Tim and us)
We all approached the river at the same time with must discussion over where we were going to cross. Matt made the decision for everyone by taking of his pack and jumping in. He made it right across with the water being waist deep at the deepest. The rest of walk was around the coast, you could either take the ridge top or at the base of the cliff over rocks. David chose the base walk, which was beautiful, however going around the base was getting more and more hairy as the tide came in and rounding the last corner it was obvious we where going to have to get wet and scoot around the rocks in the water. This scare the hell out of me as there was nowhere to go......... ocean one side and sheer cliff on the other. Scuttling over coral and rock we eventually made it onto the beach the only injury was a scuffed knee for me, from David pulling me up the cliff.
For penance David shouted me to lunch at a nice coffee shop and I had a huge ice coffee.
HIGHLIGHT: The scenery today was gorgeous, ocean and cliff faces.
LOWLIGHT: Getting caught by the water
Today was perfect weather for the type of walk we did so I am grateful to the universe for the Sun and the sea. I am grateful for all the other Trampers who made the river crossing fun and enjoyable. I am grateful for my fears – so I know where I have opportunities for growth.
NZ DAY 26
OREWA ESTUARY TRACK: Wenderholm to Stillwater 25KM ( Total KM's walked 506)
Today was a real mixed bag although all on road about half of it as a winding country road through some gorgeous scenery. We arrive at the park around the 3pm to find that the rest of the crew had not arrived yet. So we set up tent on the water front it really was a million view. It has been decided that everyone staying here tonight will start together and cross the river crossing together so there will be 10 of us in the travelling caravan
HIGHLIGHT: For me it was the Chicken ,bacon and brie burger at the Stillwater Boating Club for David it was the $4 pints.
LOWLIGHT: Road walking on the state highway.
Gratitude today has to go nature I feel so peaceful when my surrounds are so beautiful. I am always grateful for the people who come into our life on this journey. I am also grateful for the beautiful campsite in the Stillwater Holiday Park. Grateful for sunshine to warm up my aching bones.
NZ DAY 25
DUNNS RIDGE TRACK : The Dome Trig to Wenderholm Park 4KM ( Total KM's walked 481)
As discussed yesterday we hiked into the Dome cafe this morning had breakfast and asked about a lift to Puhoi. The owner of the cafe could offer no suggestions except to hitch which we weren’t really keen to do as it was basically on state highway 1, but it seemed the only option. We ordered bacon and eggs and they came out perfectly poached and with really nice rye toast with lots of butter just delicious. As we were finishing breaking the owner came and spoke to us reiterated that if he could he would take us, the guy behind but’s in and says I’m going to Auckland I can drop you in Puhoi. thank you Universe. So what started out looking like a dismal day turn into a hour drive into Puhoi, then a glorious day lying by the river waiting for Tim, Hannah & Georgia to walk what we had skipped. It also gave me time to grab some birthday treaties to celebrate my birthday.
The crew arrive around five and we got on the river to paddle 2 hours up to Wenderholm, it was really gorgeous and quiet relaxing. David video the whole trip on the go pro on his head.....unfortunately we didn’t check the position of the go pro and alas all that was videotaped was blue sky.
HIGHLIGHT: The paddle down the river
LOWLIGHT: Not being physically capable of walking today.
Today I am grateful David and I are on the same page about our journey. We started this not knowing how our bodies would hold out. After punishing them for 24 days we are starting to see the signs of fatigue. We aren’t recovering as quickly and getting tired earlier. So some decision had to be made, we are going to look at maybe busing some road sections and also look at doing some of the more scenic trips rather than religiously sticking to the Te Araroa. We still intend to make it to The Bluff and cover the kilometres but we want this to be fun not a slog.
NZ DAY 24
GOVAN WILSON TRACK: Pakiri to Dome Summit 26KM (Total KM's walked 477)
Today we started around 7am, an hour later than planned due to a down pour of rain around 5 am. The steep uphill through farming land gave great views of where we had come from. Then it was back into the forrest. Again it was muddy and slippery and the steep inclines and declines soon took a toll on my knees and ankle. You had to be alert all the time as there were tree roots and rocks hidden n the mud. David and I fell behind from the rest of the team. Around 5pm David and I had to make some decision about our ability to make the Dome cafe, the agreed camp tonight. David made the decision we couldn’t so we started to look for a camp site. Now the Taj is great for space and for weight, however when trying to find a piece of grass big enough to hold the Taj in a dense forrest it becomes a liability. We finally found a grassy knoll that the Taj fitted and so we spent the night on top of a mountain alone and 4kms from where we wanted to be. Which brings us to our next decision about tommorow. ........Not reaching the Dome cafe today means we have 4km to walk before starting the 26k to get us to Puhui to met up with the rest of the team for our paddling trip. The way I’m feeling I know it can’t be done so we have decided to hitch to Puhoi.
HIGHLIGHT: Camping alone on the summit
LOWLIGHT: Not reaching our destination
Grateful for find a place to put up the Taj and rest our weary bodies. Grateful for amazing sunsets. Very grateful no one fell over the Taj as we had to camp half on the track.
NZ DAY 23
MANGAWHAI COASTAL TRACK: Mangawhai Heads to Pakiri 30KM (Total KM's walked 451)
Today started with a estuary crossing and ended with a beach walk. There were suppose to be 3 river crossing and due to the tide being high we expected these to be deep.....however they were only about ankle deep. The days off in Waipu did not do the trick, leg still sore and feeling really unenergised. Where as a good nights sleep was rejuvenating my body I feel as litheness in the morning as I do walking into camp at night. I don’t know if that’s my body saying it needs a break or just how it feels to push the body hard.
HIGHLIGHT: The lovely beach walk
LOWLIGHT: Dinner tonight was pretty average, food general on the trail is less than appetising . Basically it gets eaten because your starving after walking
Grateful for the ability to dream bigger than normal.The fact each day is a new chance to begin again and my body needs to adhere to this. LOL. Grateful that life is full of suprises.
NZ DAY 22
BRYNDERWYN TRACK: Waipu to Mangawhai Heads 14KM. ( Total KM's walked 421)
A real nothing day except for some great views over the coast. The big news is my leg seems to be getting worse, a lump low on my shin is starting to develop and it is so sore I can't touch it. Town is 1km further than our camp spot and David has offered to walk in and do for resupply on his own. Me allow him to do tis indicates the level of pain I am in :) .Don’t know what I’m more afraid off, my legs getting worse or David doing resupply on his own. Spoke to Gisela(Silverhikers) tonight about energy and how other people impact your energy levels and that when your walk with others your energy changes. This is so true on the days David and I walk along I seem to have more energy.
HIGHLIGHT: The beach walk today was really lovely
LOWLIGHT: Having trouble with my shin splint
Grateful for great views whilst walking. Grateful for young Georgia she makes me laugh with her brutal honesty.
PS David did amazingly with resupply 😁
NZ DAY 21
A Zero day in Waipo
Another week on the trai,l 21 days on the road currently sitting at 407km mark. Already I am noticing change both physically and in my thoughts. Life is both slowing down and speeding up. My thoughts are definitely slowing down and becoming less erratic. Time seems to be speeding up with the last 21 days just flying past. Physically I have lost about 4kg my legs are stronger and I think the tension has finally eased in my shoulders. David has kicked back a couple of gears and it is really nice to see him smiling more than frowning. Finally got to update the blog today and sent out another newsletter, we have to get better and updating this and keeping friends and family updated. Spent the afternoon relaxing with the Hannah, Georgia and Tim in the beer garden.
HIGHLIGHT: Doing nothing all afternoon and getting the newsletter completed.
LOWLIGHT: Looking at the budget, need to rain in the extra spending
Grateful for great internet access to be able to upload the blog. Grateful for the delish breakfast this morning and running into Mr Mrs Jones.
Story: Mr & Mrs Jones are a couple we met on day 2 and they were very well decked out with gear, David and I where little envious. They also were very fast walkers, so we trailed named them "The Jones" as in keeping up with the Jones.
NZ DAY 20
BREAM BAY WALK: Mc Kenzie Bay to Waipu 27km (total KM's walked 407)
Exhaustion has set in, I am so tired that I’m not enjoying anything. So we have decided to take a rest day in Waipo . Waipo is nothing special but we both need a rest. So today we left the sanctuary that was the Green Bus Stop and headed towards Reotahi Bay to make the boat trip across to Rakuku. Well what a delight, the walk meandered in and out of pretty little coves. Stopped around 11.00 am for a ice cream. It’s amazing what you crave when your walking 25-30 km a day. Headed around to Reotahi Bay our ferry pick up point and everyone stripped of and went for a swim. The backdrop of the pickup point was Bream Head the huge hill we climb yesterday. Then it was a 22km road walk to Waipo no scenery just cars and truck buzzing past. Secured a double room at the local pub. Amazing how good a cold raspberry and a perfectly cooked steak can make you feel.
HIGHLIGHT: The scenery between McKenzie Bay to Reotahi Bay
LOWLIGHT: State Highway walking.
Grateful for the chef at the Waipo pub who knows how to cook a medium rare steak perfectly. Grateful to have time alone with the Spunky rooster, it seems we are around people all the time recently. Grateful for time out.
NZ DAY 19
TE WHARA TRACK : Pataua to Mc Kenzie Bay 28KM (Total KM's walked 380)
WOW days like today are the days that make it all worthwhile. Starting the day at 4am to ensure that we crossed the Taiharuru Estuary right on low tide was truly worth getting up in the dark. With the sun just coming up over the horizon as we started across the estuary was both surreal and magnificent. Picture cannot do this justice it was still and silent with the silence be broken ever now and then by a lone crane call. From the estuary we made our way up some pastoral land and up Mount Kauri t he amazing views over the estuary and the coast was more than enough reward for the steep incline ascent. We descended onto the beach for a 6km beach walk but unfortunately due to our pace we couldn’t dodge high tide and couldn't get around the headland the beach.. Instead we decided to bush bash up the side of the hill into someone’s front yard before finally finding the trail again. Hannah followed us the hill and we were witness to one of the funniest dummy spits of all time. The profanities that followed would make a sailor blush.
After a rest for lunch we headed out to conquer Bream Head. 460m up then 250m down then up 390m then down 760m over 7.5km it was torturous. However the views were sensational. Tonight's camp spot was a walkers camped called The Green Bus Stop built around an old green bus, it was really lovely.
HIGHLIGHT : Having stairs on both the incline and decline
LOWLIGHT: Having stairs on bothe the incline and decline.
Let me explain, I was very grateful for stairs rather than scrabbling up and down the forrest, however it became torturous to my knees and hips after the first 300.
Grateful today to my body for hanging in there expecially coming down there where about 2500 stairs. Grateful for the glorious weather clear and cool. Grateful for being alive and experiencing this gorgeous country.
NZ DAY 19
TE WHARA TRACK : Pataua to McKenzie Bay 28KM (TOTAL KM'S WALKED 380)
The Green Bus Stop
WOW days like today are the days that make it all worthwhile. Starting the day at 4am to ensure that we crossed the estuary right on low tide was truly worth getting up in the dark. With the sun just coming up over the horizon we started across the estuary. This was both surreal and magnificent. Picture cannot do this justice it was still and silent with the silence broken every now and then by a lone crane call. From the estuary we made our way up some pastoral land and up Mount Kauri the amazing views over the estuary and the coast was more than enough reward for the steep ascent. We descended onto the beach for a 6km beach walk but unfortunately due to our pace we couldn’t dodge high tide and so couldn’t get around the headlands. Instead we had to bush bash up the side of the hill, we ended up in someone’s front yard before finally finding the trail again. Hannah followed David and myself and we were witness to one of the funniest dummy spit I have ever seen. The profanities were flying thick and fast. After a rest for lunch we headed out to conquer Bream Head. 460m up then 250m down then up 390m then down 760m over 7.5km it was torturous. However the views were sensational.
HIGHLIGHT : Having stairs on both the incline and decline of Bream head
LOWLIGHT: Having stairs on both the incline and decline.
Let me explain, I was very grateful for stairs rather than scrambling up and down the forrest, however it became torturous to my knees and hips after the first 300.
Grateful today to my body for hanging in there expecially coming down there where about 2500 stairs. Grateful for the glorious weather clear and cool. Grateful for being alive and experiencing this gorgeous country. Grateful to the Spunky Rooster for gently conjouling me down the stairs.