Maunganui Bluff Campsite to Utea Park – 30km (70km total)
As I lay sleeping during the night, I was awoken to the sound of hooves. Not just any hooves, but large cantering ones aiming straight for me or at least that is what is sounded like in the middle of the night. The Bluff campsite has wild horses that live in the dunes around it and they decided to come and visit the campsite in the middle of the night. I grew up riding horses. I am not afraid of them, but let me tell you when you’re lying flat on the ground with only a piece of nylon separating you from the very large, loud hooves that canter past you in the middle of the night, it is disconcerting to say the least. After that event, I then proceeded to have a dream that seemed all to real, of a horse sitting its butt down on my tent and on to me. I awoke again convinced it was happening, only to find my tent wall was pressing against my legs due to the wind.
So after that lovely night time event, the day was less exciting, just more beach walking for 30kms. In the morning, I managed to get my tent packed up in between rain showers and it was so windy it dried in a matter of minutes as I flapped it in the breeze. Score! I hate packing up a wet tent.
There was not much to note for today, rain on and off, a few dead fish carcasses, a burnt out car shell and finally the green flag signaling your arrival at Utea Park. I had stayed at Utea Park on the way to cape Reinga and it was lovely to make it back.
As all the TA walkers trickled in, we sat around in the kitchen eating, chatting and moving as little as possible. Tonight, I am staying in the back room of Tania’s house, due to all the cabins being full with a school group.
Today, I am thankful for the beautiful creation of rainbows. One appeared at Utea Park.