This is us enjoying my first attempt at a river-bed camp fire!
Miles Walked = 150 approx.
( a small chunk but we’re just warming up eh ;) )
Best Free Item = Offer of a house for the week by a woman literally just driving past.
Best Animals Spotted = River Eel / Shark / Stingray / Wild Pigs
Most Fun = Kayaking around the waterfall
Biggest Relief = Getting out of the jungle / Finding water / A Flush-toilet !
Best Meal = Pepper Fillet Steak at Beachcomber in Kaitaia
Most interesting character = Alan. Bus driver, tourguide, lighthouse keeper, bee keeper, environmentalist, farmer, historian and comedian. This guy needs to go on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Most Interesting Facts Learned =
#1 = You can make socks out of Possums
#2 = Leaves preserved in sand can stay green for 40,000 years
#3 = Pulling a needle and thread through a blister can fix it
#4 = Don’t flip over an object on the beach (especially if its dead) unless you want a mouthful of evil bugs… Again – yawning in the jungle can rapidly lead to unwanted protein intake…
#5 = Gorse is bloody sharp!
Our first region, county, state, not sure what they call it over here, but according to the trail notes we’ve left the Far North and are now in Whangarei, yey :D This has been our warm-up section doing modest mileages each day to get in shape. I think we’re getting there and starting to pick up the pace. Certainly feel warmed up, the weather has been brilliant, if anything too hot for me! Apparently it’s unusually dry for this time of year, so we’ve been pretty lucky I think. The variety of terrain we’ve covered has been quite an eye opener, lots of beach and forest, totally different to the mountains I’m used to.