I got to Clevedon, expecting to wait til shops opened... Again I was surprised to see the Sunday market already setting up and the cafe open for breakfast.
A couple on horseback came by, doing some voluntary track maintenance on some very good looking horses.
Great to see messaging about preventing kauri dieback disease!
Never fear! Where there is a will, there's a way:
Day 31: This morning it was a drizzly affair, hinting at the kind of day in store. Perfect!
There's one part of the track- the Southern Hakataramia track where the track notes caution you that good tramping skills are needed, and to stick to the track. Ok. It was fine for a bit, then it got ridiculous. Marker pointing at what looked like an escarpment.
By late afternoon I emerged near SH2 to walk some farmland. Cows. Naturally.
So, I'm catching up with my blog, recharging my batteries (literally), and doing laundry at the Mercer Hotel- a basic but cozy cabin. It will do me! I've had a scan of the upcoming terrain, looks like another two nights before I reach Hamilton. Bring it on! Thanks for reading, don't forget to share this with your friends and donate what you can. Gracias!