Tomorrow I walk, and the next day and the next. This is a 10 day stint from Cape Reinga in the north to Ahipara on the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach, where I leave my walking buddy Pete, and head into the notoriously steep and muddy northern forests toward Kerikeri and my terminus of this leg.
My bag looks ridiculously big- making use of every square mm of my 65L pack-with Where's Wally style things hanging off every available strap on the sides.. mostly due to the food and water we need to carry for the 4days down the beach. I may need to reevaluate tomorrow with a clear set of eyes. I look like a ginormous turtle, and risk walking at that speed too... So much for being streamlined! I'm carrying around 5L of water with me as there is no established water source near the beach~ and if we miss the odd water source behind the dunes we'd be in trouble without it.
Tonight is the first night falling asleep to the roar of the Tasman, but the last in a while I'll have all the creature comforts... And wifi... And with the last day of being able to say I'm in my mid thirties, I just wanted to acknowledge all the help I've had getting here. First on my list has to be my wonderful mum... So supportive despite the worry I put her through! She must have read every blog out there about the TA (Te Araroa trail)... AND she's taking care of dog! Then there are the friends~ Darren and Daniela bringing me up, Pete walking the 100km beach section with me and all the words of support I've had, not to mention the donations to my causes!! I'm so grateful to all of you who have taken the time to be part of this with me. It fills me with joy ~ and determination as I head to the Cape and start point.
Birthday champers drained :D time for some kip. Xx