NZ DAY 2
90 MILE BEACH TRACK: Twilight Beach camp to The Bluff 30KM (Total KM covered 42)
Today was one of those days where you need to be mentally strong versus physically strong. The walk was easy as it was all on hard compact sand. However it was boring due to its repetitive nature it was beach, beach and more beach as far as the eye could see. Trying to capitalise on low tide and hard sand, it was decided to get going up early to catch the morning low tide, then bunker down in the sand dunes and sleep during the high tide, then finish walking on the out going tide. A strategy that worked well and kept us walking on firm sand all day.
Reaching camp was a delight with the camp spot nestled into the sand dunes just off the beach. I am an emotional wreck tonight, my hips have stiffened up and I am limping really bad. Lots of demons running around in my head about my ability to complete what we started. This reality has been highlighted by one of the girls (Sabine) that started with us has had to get a lift back to town due to extreme blisters. It’s really hard to explain the turmoil you feel when you have planned and trained for something like this journey and then bang something goes wrong. So I’m down on the yoga mat doing hip flexes, dosed up on muscle relaxants and smelling like a footy change room with so much lineaments to hopefully wake up tomorrow able to walk.
HIGHLIGHT: Getting into camp
LOWLIGHT: My bloody hip playing up
Grateful for the drugs David got before we left Australia(The muscle relaxants are doing the job). Grateful for support from the other walkers. Already we have started to become a tribe. Grateful for the pretty campsite.