12 noon – I can’t move, I’m sat on a bench at the campsite having just gingerly prized my boots off to give my feet some relief. Brother these feet are sore. We have managed 18km today by setting off at 7am. Karla and I are now with Brian from Norfolk. Brian is a social worker who have savd up to come to walk best bits of Te Araroa in both islands. We met him at the Hukatere Utea Park we stayed at last night. Brian had been held up there for 2days after forgetting to bring sunblock and getting burnt to bits on his first few days down the beach. Karla and I had left the shade of the tarp about 3pm as day had become a little cloudier and reached Hukatere about 7pm keeping to the 50/10, 45/15 walk/rest system. I’ve never felt quite this tired but I can manage the tiredness, its the feet. I’ve had strapping and gauze to try and protect but they are getting worse. Hoping they is a shop here at site (Hukatere is pretty basic but so good to get off beach, pretty quirky with only 4 of us staying in all including guy that had given up work inoffice to become a seasonal working travelling around, he was helping Paul the owner do up the site. Had quirky showers open to all other than flapping curtain but a luxury nontheless. Kitchen facility was great and actually enjoyed my dried curry pasta for tea. Was also able to get weak signal on phone and able to leave a message and texts to Marie, Amie and Mike to let know was ok.
Beginning to get some energy back have just seen they have a take away service tonight.
One highlight of todays march was coming across 5 indian guys stuck in their car on the beach. Brian and I co-ordinated a rescue by phoning camp site and them organising tow truck just in time (videoed rescue but realised i had my finger over the lens..drrr). They were really lucky as tide was at their wheels by time got pulled out. after this interlude I found the final 1.5km really really difficult to get here. … bit of a worry.
Karlas feet pads sore but Brian relatively blister free (had been wearing his leather boots day in day out for months)