Heading To The Start Line

I feel so spoilt. Talk about ‘In The Comfort Zone’,  (not Stepping Out Of…).  Travelling Business class first time ever. (John has decided that it was about time I experienced an upgrade in travelling niceties).  In the Qantas Lounge it IS quiet, stress free and Comfortable with help yourself to the nice food and drinks of all measure. Could get used to this! Not really setting us up for Stepping out of the Comfort Zone of long distance tramping the wilds of New Zealand. But ah, very nice. I will think of this when eating my dehydrated food outside my tent containing my blowup ‘mattress’ and sleeping bag and drinking my evening cup of cold water. Such is life. But, delayed gratification or abstention from the finer elements of a privileged life surely is good? For a little while at least.
How wonderful to be woken from a horizontal sleep, a first for me. Great flight.  Service with a capital S, white cloth on the tray,  wine in a glass wineglass, quite nice food served with crockery and metal utensils, and top ups as requested.  Pity the flight was so short…just over 6 hours.
Kia Ora.  Auckland is grey and wet but having my sister Trudie and brother in law John meet us was sunshine aplenty.  Our later flight to Kerikeri looked to be heading to Whangarei but the cloud obligingly lifted and Kerikeri welcomed with sunshine.
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Beautiful meal at The Italians restaurant in Kerikeri.  Can highly recommend for delicious Northern Italian food.
The Day and night before The Start!  Supermarket shop yet again for last minute perishables for tomorrow’s lunch at Cape Reinga and anything else that we thought we might need.  A decent coffee and   cooked brekkie from Canteez.  Gas canister, groundsheet, fire starters, emergency light stick and ‘all the best wishes for your walk’ from an impressively large and well stocked Hunting and Fishing store. Packing, packing and more packing as we sort, divide into meal size packages our food and gear.

Third Time Lucky
Met Martin up the street obviously laden with long trekking gear. His 3rd attempt at Te Araroa. Many days walking on the beach with a 19kg pack caused blisters to his feet and hamstring problems, first time.  Second attempt, his backpack was stolen when he climbed a dune for a better look from a lookout (having decided to do so without his backpack) and watched with dismay a car drive up and take his gear.  How utterly despicable.
Wifi willing, will post again in a few days, hopefully from Ahipara.  Will also post photos whenever wifi allows.  Heading To The Start Line at Cape Reinga this morning 12 December.


2 thoughts on “Heading To The Start Line

  1. How are the first days of your walk going?
    We had another good week, we leave Taupo tomorrow. Have a walking tour of Napier planned for tomorrow afternoon.
    Donna

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    1. Going really well Donna and Duane. Just arrived in Ahipara after 100kms of mainly beach walking. The rainforest treks start tomorrow! Will write more detail when there is time. We are both feeling strong. The forest treks will be challenging.

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