Three days of beach, to be precise!
Yup, Cape Reinga to Ahipara is complete. Phew! The closer I got to being dropped off at the Cape (thanks for the ride Andrea!) the more excited I got. Finally – excitement, after weeks of thinking, planning, fretting and basically being too busy to realise this dream was about to happen.
[I hope this blog post appears OK – strange internet terminal does strange things…]
What were the highlights of this leg? Seeing the turbulent waters as the Tasman Sea clashed with the Pacific Ocean. Realising (wild?) horses had run the beach overnight, near my tent – two foals included. Sun, sun and more sun.
Joke time: what do walkers on 90 Mile Beach eat for lunch? Sandwiches! hahahaha. Seriously, in a howling head-wind there is no place to protection your food from grit.
Saw plenty of trash washed up on shore, including two sandshoes (oohhh… is there no end to beach jokes?) and lots of dead puffer-type fish. Not sure if the dead seagulls died from eating them or not.
So yesterday was a h-u-g-e day walking. Too far in fact. Had felt good at the end-of-day-three option and so being able to see the destination in the distance, struck for that. Mistake. By the time I’d completed the 40-odd kilometres I was totally spent. And then having to hobble from the campground another kilometre or so in search for an icecream almost made me cry. But the fish-n-chips were worth it 😉
Today is a rest day. A chance for my enormous blister to heal (good luck!), sort through gear and plan the next leg to Kerikeri. Strange to think I’ve just done a ‘standard’ hike of three days duration, only to now embark on another, and another, and another…
Thanks for all your words of encouragement (especially Windsor School!) and best wishes. The story will continue soon…