Is where Nik discovered his mother is a fraud, but I had warned him hills and I are not compatible…
Lady from the motel took us to the start of the 16 k walk thru this forest to Diggers Valley Rd. First shock was the time allowed to complete this walk, nine hours!!!
So we started, and I stopped for a breather after the first ten steps and continued to take what I called mini stops about every five minutes but only uphill!!!
We walked up hill and down damn dales for the next six hours. Hit about 400 m and when we reached a sign saying it was another four hours to Diggers Rd or 2.5 to Pukepoto. We opted for the latter as there was also another nearly 200 m to climb…
We hit Pukepoto, all lovely down hill just after 5 pm having walked for nearly 8 hours.
Highlights today were, white rata flowering in the distance, kanuka in bloom, rewarewa flowers on the ground, two stands of kauri trees, two tom tits, gray warblers was the predominant birdsong, a few tui calls AND rosellas!!!
Really not many birds around at all and no other walkers at all, just muddy patches were they had bashed there way thru.
There was loads of pig sign,gee they dig up the ground….BIG holes.
Lowlights, the incredible steep bits both up and down, falling over a gorse stalk and gouging my leg!!
Not being able to persuade Nik to go surf casting tomorrow so I can lollop around, nah, gotta walk , there is a trout stream in there somewhere tomorrow plus I suspect back to the tent for two or three nights..