It was a fun night out and a relief to talk to people- days in the forest without company doesn't suit me as much as I thought! :-)
Hm, not the best pic, but kinda sums up the night- happy blurriness!
Next day I got going around 0830, walking the road verge to Opua where I was to rendezvous with Micaila from Dive Ops who would run me across to Waikare by water taxi. I meet her near the Opua Cruising Club and we zipped along as she filled me in on local oyster farming and the expected numbers walking Te Araroa this season.. It surprised me to hear overseas hikers outnumbered Kiwi trampers almost ten to one!
It was a quick ride into mangroves, and we said our farewells as I stepped ashore.
After walking a metalled farm road for a few kilometers, it was into the river for 4 kms upstream- this time I felt far more settled despite the rain.
... which I did not eat. A little too 'Into the Wild' for my liking! But if anyone can identify them for me, that would be grand.
By 1600ish I had reached a hut, but continued on my way to make best use of daylight.
No idea what the plan of attack is tomorrow, but it feels good to be walking South again rather than crabbing across the Island. I may also chalk up my 300th kilometer tomorrow at the end of the day, a cool milestone (10% completed!). Hoorah!
That's all folks, g'night!