I didn’t sleep that well either as large group of French people arrived (a “froggle” of French?) And were yabbering well apres minuit. They’d taken over the kitchen this morning and were drinking coffee and eating yoghurt as if they’d won a raffle or something!
Then there is my foot where I am getting twinges in my plantar which is tender so I have started taking anti inflammatory again.
And finally, while I am having a whinge I am feeling a bit low about my fundraising total being well below target for cancer research. I am well short of the 3000 I was hoping. Its great that over 40 people have donated so far but I am sure others would if reminded
I’ll be running on empty soon (on 664kms now and have 740 pounds. Raised so far, I will have to come up with cunning plan to. Rrekinddle interest fromm. Colleagues back home who. I am sure wold donate if reminded.
Right. that’s enough moaning. The positives are that it is a glorious day to be in the shade, hardly a cloud in the sky and that I met Evan the cyclist who shared the trail with me for a few kms this morning. He was a knowledgable chap and told me about some of the native trees we saw in the botanical gardens. One tree fruits like a cherry had the hardest wood and was used to make nails with, he’d cycled from where he lived in mt Eden area and was walker too. He was interested in TA and what I was doing and proved nice company whilst with me.
The other positive is that my Tim tams have melted so I have just eaten them all!
I’m heading for Clevedon today, a mere 20km. May be a couple of climbs before get there but will be a relief to get off the road. Not sure where in staying yet.
7.30 Clevedon cafe
I think today has been most intense sun so far. It got really hot and even with sunblock on I got burnt a bit. I had to ration my water as also realised someone had nicked my speights bottle I’d used since started the trail as well! I had 2L to last and only just did! When I finally got to Clevedon went straight to dairy and bought coldest water and got brain freeze trying to get it down me.
The road was a real drag and I was initially relieved to get onto steep track. Mind you this brought on fresh challenges as it was first climb down for days. With the heat I just felt weak and had to stop to catch breath and get some energy. I even thought I must be I’ll as it seemed such an effort. Luckily when reached final summit path down was well formed and shady.
Just had a whopping seafood meal, battered fish, scallops,oysters and mussels with a mass of chips and side salad 19bucks. Wasn’t a scrap wasted and has lifted my spirits as only food can!
Came back to pub where staying in luxury. Had chat with barmaid over a pint of Tui and looks like there isn’t much in way of population and shops for next 4 or 5 days.