The pub was only 12km away and didnt open until 11.30 so we were in no hurry to leave camp today.
There was 4 of us at camp last night, Peter, Scott, and Jess (both 39 year old Aussies, not together)
The walk was a bit varied today: through some pine forests and alongside Glen Mervin dam. I sat for a while in the shade just taking in the water. I hadn’t realised how much I was missing water on this damn long walk.
The temperature got up to about 27° today so the stop at the pub was very welcome. A pint and a burger and an icecream was a real treat.
The others headed off into the heat but I stayed in the shade in the pub garden reading my book until 3pm hoping it would be a bit cooler by then. I chatted to a Kiwi who was walking in the opposite direction to me for a while. He had walked some of Te Araroa too so we had lots to chat about.
Also today we passed, Tim who is going for the unsupported record. He looked fit and worn out at the same time. Walking about about 100km a day and carrying his own gear us a real feat of determination. Not my cup of tea or coffee!
Niggerup campsite was another one like the other one. Having the huts all the same means they are blurring together. Another funny name.