Day 61. A spot of shopping this morning, including me having to replace my air mattress after failing to find the slow leak.. I don't use it all that often but when I do, it should stay nice and plump throughout the night! Thanks Viv and Wayne at Bivouac for your service and advice! I also ran into Viv's Brazilian expat friend Fabiola who made me a great coffee, and we chatted about Wellington Batucada (a samba band that I used to perform with). Something Viv said to me stuck- about simplifying my life... I have a bit to ponder as I walk, so having input from friends, family and strangers is valued and worth thinking over!
Departing Palmerston North in the morning I saw a great sign. Well done Palmy!
Day 62. Despite the tracks, including Burttons track being nicely graded, we seemed to have a 'go slow' day without meaning to... Still, it was nice out after a night of showers and blustery wind!
Day 63. A good day to walk, with morning mist And occasional sun. It rained fairly constantly all night, so I was thinking about the streams.
The day ended surreally with our arrival by car into Wellington on a Friday night, watching people in workwear and going out clothes on the busy streets. We checked in to the YHA who gave us a great discount for being TA walkers (they discount if you are a hiker walking any of the NZ trails), then went to the beautiful Embassy cinema to see 'Beyond the Edge', a NZ production in 3D about The British expedition that successfully climbed Mt Everest, famously with Kiwi Ed Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing.
Day 64. Beautifully sunny day here in Wellington, resupply to be done, pick up my sleeping bag/quilt from the post office, change my shoes back from road shoes to trail shoes for the Tararuas, and grab some champagne for tonight's festivities. Not looking forward to Sunday's climb to Waiopehu hut, 10 uphill kms with a hangover, most likely! The things I endure for family! :-)