Ferry to Russell Peninsula (across Veronica Channel)
This is a totally legit bit of public transport I’ll have you know! I think the final route (when complete) won’t go this way, but for the time being this is the official route. We’re staying at a lovely campsite in Orongo Bay with speedy internets tonight. Heading off to do the Russell Forest Walkway tomorrow, hoping this forest isn’t as jungly as the last..
Need to cross a river? You need Paddy Power!
Between Orewa and Brown’s Bay there were two sizeable river mouths in our way. Now, this can be a bit of an issue when you’re a tiddler like me ;) Especially if you forget to research what the tide is doing… !
So first up was Weiti River. Again the trail notes say to ‘just hitch a ride with a local boatie’ which can be easier said than done as we found out a few days before :)
But along came our hero Paddy! A southern irish fellow, genuinely named Paddy. What were the chances?
Back in Auckland
We Made It! 600km In The Bag. I cannot bloody believe I’ve managed to get in a plane and fly somewhere, then walk all the way back. That’s just plain silly…
But i’m *well chuffed*. And I could never have made it without the help of the amazing Cookie!! He’s been leading the way, carrying aaaaall the weight, the food, the water, the tent and the kitchen; lifting me up high steps when my little legs were too short; feeding me sugar when I was flagging. So thank you Cookie! Can’t believe you’ve got me through it ;) … WeyHey!
( Only 2400km left eh ;) ) haha! Getting fitter though! Surely!