Four of us left our little campsite for n 11km walk to Waitomo. I think it was interesting for the osteopath to actually follow her patient step by step after treatment. She kept coming up with more suggestions as the day went on. The other girl.eas struggling so I put on my Take A Kid Tramping hat and gave her a cuddle, let her have a cry and then got her moving along well with some of my stories to distract her. (Anyone who knows me will understand . Lol,
We soon came to the famous Waitomo Caves and were greeted with dozens of tourist buses. This made me want to get back into the bush but food called. I had been thinking about hot chips all morning.
On spying the first cafe we saw South African Jo who told us that there was a bus in about an hour to Te Kuiti. It was a quick decision for us to buy a bus ticket for $11 rather than spend 8 hours walking mostly road.
Off for pizza and that bowl of chips .
Our home for the night was at Sue’s, another lovely Trail Angel’s place, along with the 2 kiwi girls, and Jo and Morris and Francene from Germany. We cooked a nice shared meal to have after the 6 bags of chippies and kiwi dip I treated. I must be needing carbs, fats and salt. Dessert was hokey pocket icecream and good conversation.
Frances and I did some planning to see where we would be by 23 December when we will break for Christmas. At this stage it looks like Whanganui.
We also decided to have a few days with a change of pace and to speed things up a bit.
So our plan is to walk for 2 days to the beginning of The Timber Trail. Then we will pick up bicycles and ride to Tamuaranui. This will knock 3 days off and get us to our target finish at the end of the Whanganui River kyak section.
I haven’t been on a bike for a few years now and wonder how my bum will cope but it will give our feet a rest.