NZ Day 47
WHANGANUI RIVER: Tieke Kainga to Jerusalem 37KM ( Total KM's walked 831)
Total KM covered
OMG I AM TOTALLY SHATTERED. Today on the river started like the last 2 days peaceful serene and very pleasant then about an hour into it the wind picked up and it was like paddling in honey we were getting nowhere. Eight hours later we are approaching where we believe the camp should be and.......nothing, no signs, no landing spot....nothing. So we keep paddling, of course missing the camp spot was David’s fault (LOL) so I am letting him know that he is not in my good books when see a sign saying ICECREAM & DRINKS...it was of course the camp spot. This camp spot is a small town called Jerusalem and holds a bit of River History in the form of a church.
Jerusalem, Hiruhārama in Māori, was originally called Patiarero and was one of the biggest settlements on the Whanganui River in the 1840’s with several hundred Ngāti Hau inhabitants of the iwi Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi. Many Whanganui River settlements were given new place names by Reverend Richard Taylor in the 1850’s. In 1892, Suzanne Aubert (known as Mother Mary Joseph) established the congregation of the Sisters of Compassion. They became a highly respected charitable nursing and religious order.
HIGHLIGHT: Have to say seeing the ICRECREAM & DRINKS sign
LOWLIGHT: Paddling for 8 hours
Grateful for the little township of Jerusalem which provided with hot chips for dinner. I am grateful for my inner strength today and the fact that I broke down several times but kept going. Grateful to the Spunky Rooster who was very patient with my whinging.