Just waiting for Katrin and Brian, siad we’d meet here about now for a shot of greasy calories after 3 nights of dried pasta dishes.
We upped the mileage today, think we’ve covered about 26km, fortunately it was mostly downhill, a mixture of gravel road and farmland this morning then lovely walking along the kerikeri river section (especially when found plum and nectarine trees overhanging path). Rainbow Falls was impressive and I could easily have dived in for a cool down but we were getting pretty tired by then (we started at 7am and didn’t finish till about 4.30pm). My feet are good, not painful now, knee still aches from slip in the Herikino and have bought a knee support after lending Katrins for last few days. Also bought new pair shorts as my M&S ones got ripped to shreds when bum sliding down some of the steeper bits.
Certainly been a trail of contrast so far with endless beach, followed by endless forest and now farmland and civilised paths along river.
Brian feeling he needs a rest day tomorrow (shoulders and feet sore) so will probably be Katrin and I heading for Paihia tomorrow. Katrin will rest there at least one day and I need to decide whether to plough on on my own (for first time since day 2). Need to get to Pataua by 21 or 22nd ideally so bit of a push but should be ok.
Today was perfect walking weather, overcast with even a little bit of Irish mist to keep things cool over the farmland and road sections. Brightened up to sunny when in the forest shade and its a lovely evening now. Can’t believe how lucky we’ve been, hope it continues.
So…. they say those that make it to Kerikeri usually go on to complete the trail as those without the resolve, fitness or unlucky ones who get injured will have been weeded out by now. Wonder if that is true.