Te Araroa – Day 4

Utea Park to Ahipara – 31km (101km total)

The last time my feet hurt this much was after climbing Half Dome in Yosemite in the States. However, the day following that endeavor, all I had to do was sit in a car to San Francisco. Not so now, tomorrow I get to do more walking!

Overnight, I got to stay in a back room at Tania’s as all the cabin were full and in the morning, I got a real shower and washed my hair (luxury). High Tide was at 9am, so I had a lazy morning and set off at about 9.30am as the water was receding.

I said good bye to the others as they had chosen to do the shorter day of 17km to the next campsite. I however, thought I could do another 30km day. I could, but man do my feet hurt. It didn’t help that the weather was pretty average all day. The rain and wind would come in for half an hour every hour, whipping me about. The last 3km felt like they would never end… I took very few photos today due to the rain.

You too can look this good. All you need is a red umbrella, a rain jacket hood and rain to pummel down for most of the day. Try if you may to recreate this look, celebs have tried and failed, but Iโ€™m pretty sure I pull it off! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Check out the colors of this shell. So pretty.

I trudged in to Ahipara Holiday Park and got a cabin, which I have to myself. I took a hot shower to get warm then laid down and didn’t move for several hours. At about 8.30pm. I decided food was needed and hiker shuffled out to the common area to cook some dinner. Where I met Tania from Canada, who is taking a month holiday here.

Tonight I am thankful for the chance not to use my feet for 12 hours.

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