Day 38

Cant believe it.  Karla turns up at dawn!

Cant believe it. Karla turns up at dawn!

nice grass

nice grass

my walking companions on way to Huntly

my walking companions on way to Huntly

Annie's great drawing of me, very accurate!

Annie’s great drawing of me, very accurate!

Nice Moari blessing for TA walkers

Nice Moari blessing for TA walkers

a fine sculptured piece of art (wood carving behind not bad either)

a fine sculptured piece of art (wood carving behind not bad either)

always time for ice cream

always time for ice cream

nice clash of styles

nice clash of styles

No good for camping but what a view from Southern lookout

No good for camping but what a view from Southern lookout

Fashion parade

Fashion parade

5.15pm Southern lookout Hakarimata Scenic reserve
Got it well sussed tonight! Got two ladies organising me a brew (Karla) and a meal (Annie). I volunteered to scout ahead to find a suitable camp spot so this is my reward.

It’s been a very fruitful day as we’ve walked along river and roads gathering fruit , legally mostly , peaches, apples, oranges, blackberries, grapes and even banana.

The day started out with a real surprise. I’d just got up and out pops Karla who been dropped off by her friend just near where we were camping. So we are now a band of three and spent the morning walking to Huntly along the river bank, got a bit deja view with gates, field, gate field etc but the huntly power station towers gradually got closer and closer. bit of road margin to West Huntly where we stopped for a brew and lunch in a park. Went separate ways after this as Karla fixing her poles, Annie needing toilet and me needing both toilet and water, agreed to meet at bridge. I found my needs met at deserted Marae and then met Annie again getting ice creams and “shopping” in the few shops on this side of river. Took ages and Karla hadn’t realised she was ahead of us but we all met up and think we were forgiven!

Road margin again to start of track. Had a democratic debate about whether to camp sooner rather than later, to do kauri loop or not. ended up going on a bit and via the kauris.

8.30pm in tent

Annie made a concoction of rice, lentils, tomatoes, peanut butter, curry spices. Pretty nice and loads of it although used up most of my water in process, only got about 600ml for tomorrow. Weather looking very overcast so could be in for rain. track notice saying another 6 hours to get to end. Met a Scottish couple walking when wed set up camp. He was a football player semi pro for Waikato/Bay of Plenty and did coaching too. Had contract to end feb and was trying to decided whether to stay for winter contract or go back. Karla didn’t understand a word he said with his “dirty scotch” accent but his girlfriend had “cleaner” accent.

Being three of us adds another dimension of social interaction, not leaving one person out, making collective decisions, minor differences of opinion so interesting to see how pans out.

We got a good view of whats to come from this southern lookout, think we just about saw the Rhuapeau volcano in the farthest distance. Can see the biggest mountain to date Poringia, covered in cloud and can see Hamilton in the middle of the Waikato plains all unfolding below us like a map.

Need to some serious charing of equipment (camera nad phone nearly dead) and washing (clothes and I’ve not showered for 3 days!)

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